“I have some good news – __________ has agreed to become my wife:” or “I have agreed to marry ____________.” “We are going to have a baby.” “You have won the PCH Sweepstakes!” Many of you have heard statements like these, except maybe not the one about the PCH Sweepstakes. Occasionally we hear of someone winning the Lottery. The first few statements are usually occasions of great joy and the final two could be such occasions but often turn out to be disasters for those who win. During the days of the “draft” (into the army) many got those letters announcing they needed to report for their pre-induction physical at a certain time and place. That was not good news!
My grandmother reacted with great joy the day I prayed at her knee to receive Jesus as my personal Savior. She had been praying for that for some time and was joyful when it came to pass. It was a joyful day when I received the letter saying I had been accepted at the college of my choice and again a few weeks later when I was offered a New York State Regents Scholarship for 4 years.
But even better news had been promised for centuries and finally came the day when the angels could make that announcement to the shepherds that the Messiah was to be born that night and really close by right in Bethlehem! Wow! What excitement must have been theirs.
What could be better news than to know the long-awaited Messiah had come. “Great joy” almost seems like an understatement. People who knew the Scriptures and had been hoping for the Messiah must have been ecstatic to know He had come. The Promised One came in their lifetime.
The Messiah prophesied to come by several prophets did so bringing joy to those who believed and accepted him then and now. More than that the Messiah Himself promised to return again and we look and long for that return. 2 Peter 3:9 reminds us, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Watch and wait for His return.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have promised that Jesus would come back again. Help us to be ready.