Every year we look forward to the return of spring. Crocuses bloom, daffodils lift their heads, tulips join the party, and trees burst forth in colorful splendor. It feels like a breath of fresh air, and maybe that’s because it is.
And then, after the heat of summer, we long for the return to cooler fall days and the moment when the leaves pull out all the stops and emerge with their breathtaking brightly colored foliage.
November arrives and we look forward to Thanksgiving with its family gatherings and abundant food.
And we can’t forget Christmas. What a wonderful blessing that Christmas returns every year. The lights, the sounds, the smells, the festive air, the excitement in the eyes of children, all of these are things we look forward to.
And of course, we were so grateful to finally return to worship with our church bodies, return to gatherings with family and friends, a return to a more normal life.
It’s wonderful that God gives us beautiful things to look forward to, but it all pales in comparison to a “return” that is on the horizon, an event that will absolutely take place one of these days.
It is the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. It’s called the Second Coming.
“‘Look, he is coming with the clouds,’ and ‘every eye will see him, even those who pierced him’; and all peoples on earth ‘will mourn because of him.’ So shall it be! Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’” Revelation 1:7-8
Jesus is coming. He’s coming! One of these days Jesus is returning to earth. This is a return for which there is no comparison. It is on the horizon. It is on God’s timetable. It is going to happen.
For many it will be the joyful fulfillment of all their dreams. But there will also be mourning. This says ALL peoples on earth will mourn.
Now, we can only speculate, but for believers, when His righteousness and purity are revealed, will there be moments of mourning and regret over sin? In Christ, our sin has absolutely been forgiven, washed away, and God has forgotten it, but we still remember. There are times in our lives now when we look back with regret and pain and wish we hadn’t done some of what we have done. Will it also be that there will be regret over what more could have been done to serve our glorious Lord? Wasted time, wasted opportunities, and grief over those who don’t know the Lord. Certainly, all of that would cause us to mourn. However, that will last but a moment, because He will wipe away every tear.
But there will be those who have never made a commitment to the Lord. Jesus Christ is pure love, pure peace, pure joy. People will one day realize they have missed the very One they have longed for their whole lives. And with that will come great mourning and weeping for what could have been. And that mourning will last for eternity.
There is still time to choose.