“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.” (Matthew 25:31)
More than 300 times in the New Testament God tells us He is going to affect another intervention in human history. Read Scriptures like Matthew 24 and 25, I Corinthians 15, II Peter 3 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18. You will also find this Good News in the Old Testament, especially in the prophets.
You will discover that all these Scriptures proclaim the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which is the blessed hope of authentic followers of Jesus Christ and hope for this world. Almighty God is coming to earth again! This time He is not just telling a few chosen people such as a priest, a peasant girl, a carpenter, a few wise men and some shepherds. God is telling anyone who reads the Bible.
The famous oratorio by Handel, which is sung every Christmas, compiles the Scriptures in the Old and News Testaments that describe the Christmas that was and the Christmas that shall be. This magnificent sacred music is simply called, “The Messiah.”
As you reflect on this beautiful music and the Christmas that is yet to be, if you do not believe the 318 New Testament Scriptures, or the many Old Testament prophetic Scriptures concerning the future Christmas, then, like Zacharias in the first chapter of Luke, your mouth is shut by your unbelief. You know the Good News that could give hope to hopeless people all around you, but your unbelief silences you.
Knowing about the Christmas that shall be would give hope to your sphere of acquaintances who are living without hope. Do you know, or do you remember, what it is like to live your life, day in and day out, without hope?
Dick Woodward, A Christmas Prescription