He is Coming Soon
The Second Advent
Day 24 Tuesday, December 22nd
1. Recognize the Context:
The book of Revelation is both a fascinating and complicated book to consider. Some might wonder about the relevance of a passage from Revelation for an Advent study. But remember, the celebration of Advent includes a reminder that we live between the First Advent and Second Advent of Christ. Someday he will return for his Bride, the Church.
Revelation 21 depicts a vivid description of the New Heavens and New Earth that includes the New Jerusalem. In Revelation 22, the New Jerusalem is presented as a paradise reminiscent of the Garden of Eden. John brings several images and themes from Genesis 1-3 to their fulfillment in these final chapters of Revelation. In Revelation 22:1-5, John describes this New Eden with a river of life, a tree of life, the curse from human rebellion removed (Genesis 3), and the presence of God and the Lamb.
Revelation 22:6-21 provides a conclusion to the entire book. These verses offer a series of instructions and sayings. Our verse today is identified as one of the sayings of the risen Christ.
2. Read the Scripture: Revelation 22:12-13
12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
3. Reflect on the Scripture:
The first word of verse 12 is a call to attention – “Look” or “Behold.” The initial wording of this verse is identical to 22:7. The “nearness” of Christ’s return is found throughout the conclusion (22:7, 10, 12, 20), as well as at the beginning (1:1, 7). However, the Lord’s imminent return is a theme presented by various New Testament writers (Romans 13:11, 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, 1 Thessalonians 5:2, Hebrews 10:25, James 5:8, 1 Peter 4:7 [See the verse links below]).
Today, nearly 2000 years later, we might struggle to grasp God’s concept of time. Peter provided a little perspective as he addressed this very issue (2 Peter 3:8-9). He quoted Psalm 90:4, reminding the readers, “With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” and adds, “The Lord is not slow concerning His promises.” Thus, from God’s viewpoint, the time between the New Testament world and today is not long at all (“soon”). The first coming of Christ was at just the right time (Galatians 4:4), and his second coming will also be timed perfectly.
4. Relate to life:
Remember, it is important to be a doer of God’s Word, not merely a hearer or reader (James 1:22-25). Here are some practical ways to actively respond to God’s Word. Consider these or create other ways you can apply the message.
Today prayerfully consider the urgency and expectancy of the New Testament writers with consideration of Christ’s return.
Do you think about the Second Advent happening soon or even in your lifetime? Why or why not?
How would your life be different today if you lived with the urgent expectancy that Christ is coming "soon?"
To do: (with the Holy Sprit's help)
Given the reading and prayer suggestions above, what can you incorporate into your life today? Think about your attitudes, actions, and words. Think about your family, friends, church community, co-workers.
To study: (Always make sure to read the immediate context of the passages).
Read and reflect on these passages found in the New Testament about Christ’s return: