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What’s After Christmas?

Today will be a sad day—saying goodbye to Christmas

  • taking down the tree
  • reading the last Christmas devotional
  • putting away the Christmas music
  • eating the last pieces of Christmas candy.

But in eleven months we’ll be getting it all out again—OR ELSE we’ll be in Jesus’ presence enjoying a much greater celebration than our annual ones here.

We live in between Jesus first and second advents.  As we review the prophecies and promises that were fulfilled in great detail during Jesus’ birth, life, and death long ago, we can be sure that the remaining prophecies and promises will also be fulfilled in just as amazing detail when He comes again–no longer as a helpless baby or a dead man on a cross as so many view Him during the primary Christian holidays—but as a joyous Bridegroom coming to claim His bride. 

Many criticize people like me who get excited about Christ’s return.  But Jesus Himself told us to be watching, waiting and ready (Matthew 25).  And he has promised a reward for “all who eagerly look forward to his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8.

And what is so strange about an engaged woman planning, preparing and dreaming of her wedding—of beginning a new life with the one she loves, excited about being together always, growing ever deeper in their relationship,  living happily ever after?

When we were kids, we loved those stories.  After all the poverty and misery, cruel stepmothers and evil spells, we knew there would be a “happy ever after” with her beloved.  I believe God has built that hope into the human soul because it’s actually true—not just a bedtime story but a reality that will make this present world, when we look back on it, seem like a dim and fleeting shadow.

We fix our eyes on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.  2 Corinthians 4:18

Bright New World 
(Listen at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwUOkzyffjs

Someday a bright new wave will break upon the shore
And there will be no sickness
No more crying, no more war
And little children never will grow hungry anymore
And there will be a bright new morning over there
There’ll be a bright new world for us to share

Someday there’ll be an end to unkind words and cruel
The man who said there is no God will know he is a fool
And peace will be the way of life with love the only rule
And there will be a bright new morning over there
There’ll be a bright new world for us to share

Someday we know not when, when time on earth is done
And those redeemed from every land will all become as one
Voices of all ages praising God the three in one
And there will be a bright new morning over there
There’ll be a bright new world for us to share

Pictures of God and Me

When our son Nathan was five years old, we played a game one evening, taking turns saying  “You’ll be ________ and I’ll be _______.”  The blanks were filled with two things that go together.  For example, You’ll be  Goldilocks and I’ll be Papa Bear.  Or You’ll be salt and I’ll be pepper. Nathan came up with this one:  “You’ll be Cinderella and I’ll be her go-cart!”  Hmmm…

But it does make me think of paired roles in Scripture that “picture” the close relationship between God and me.  I love these.  In love

God/Jesus is:                                         I am:

Shepherd                                                 His sheep

Fortress                                                   refugee hiding there

Mother bird                                               chick hiding under mom

Bridegroom                                              His bride

Father                                                       His child

Vine                                                          a branch depending on the Vine

Potter                                                       clay

Master                                                      His servant

Leader                                                      His follower

Creator                                                    creature

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