They waited for generations. Not since the days of King David and his wise son, Solomon, had there been such anticipation. They would wait for a long, long time. They would be persecuted, live in slavery, become a nomadic nation moving from place to place without one they could actually call home. They would know defeat, pain, agony. They suffered undo punishment. They were submitted to torture, death and near extinction. The days go on even today as many continue to wait for the Messiah.
There were those who followed John, the Baptist. Some later followed Jesus, the young rabbi from Nazareth. Some became followers of the followers.
Time was ripe for a Savior – just like it is today. The politics of the time weren’t much different than today. The morality of that era were as bad and maybe even worse than it is now. The disrespect for life – for marriage – for civil obedience – the intolerance for the poor, sick and mentally ill are not much different than they are today.
We wait in anticipation for the second coming of our King. Those of us who follow Christ, know that the signs are looking more and more real every day for His return. The prophesy revealed in the Bible talks much about the end of days. We believe that when He does come back, it will be a day of judgment for all of us.
We wait, but are we ready? We need to be prepared for that day, by cleaning up our own act and not looking at what others should be doing. We must come to God with repentant hearts and ask for forgiveness. We then should share His loving absolution, given through His Son, with others – so that they will be ready too.
When he does return in all His glory and majesty, will we be ready?