Saint John, the author of the book of Revelation, concludes his writing with this prayer. It is the prayer of the Church, our prayer, as we await the return of our Savior, Jesus.
This Advent season, as you anticipate celebrating the birth of the Christ child, these devotions will take you through history from the moment of creation, following God’s faithfulness to His promise to save His people from the judgment of death. Christmas is the celebration of how He fulfilled that promise in the baby Jesus.
Even now, 2,000 years after the birth of Christ, we continue to anticipate God’s final fulfillment of His promise. Jesus came to be our Immanuel, “God with us.” There is no greater gift. After His resurrection from the dead, Jesus promised that He would return in judgment, taking all who believe in Him to the place He has prepared in heaven.
You and I live in the interim, sustained through all the troubles of this world by God’s grace. We have seen the face of God in Jesus. We have the testimony of God’s faithfulness throughout history, recorded in His Word. We have the gifts of God’s presence in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We have the joy of sharing the truth with those who do not yet know Jesus. We also have His promise to return, to usher in a new heaven and a new earth, where there will be no more tears or suffering.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.