down your back. Can you imagine Jesus staring you in the face and saying, “I don’t even know you”? There’s an urgency in Christianity—at least there better be. We need to be ready! He’s coming back!
So are you ready? Maybe we should ask, “How can we possibly be ready? How can I possibly not fall like seemingly every man in America?” Jesus. Only in Jesus. Because there was a night when Jesus didn’t sleep. Remember the story of Jesus in the Garden of Geth-semane—the night before he died? He told his disciples to stay awake. What happened? They fell asleep. Three times! But who didn’t fall asleep? Jesus! Jesus stayed up. He stayed up all night. Past when the rooster crowed three times. Past when the sun came up—and when the sky got dark as he died on the cross. Jesus stayed up. Why? For us. He stayed up to die for every sin—even those secret ones. You are forgiven! You are ready for Jesus to come back, because you are forgiven!
It’s God and God alone who “will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:8-9). God is faithful. That’s our hope! God is faithful. Here’s my prayer: “God keep me strong. Don’t let me fall.” The struggle is real. You know that! What’s the difference between me or you and Matt Lauer? Nothing. But by the grace of God, there go I. I find myself praying, “Jesus, in your grace, may I believe in you when you come back. May my children believe in you. May my wife and brothers and sister and parents believe in you. You are the potter. We are your clay. Don’t ever let us grow lazy. Don’t ever let us fall away. In your grace, by your grace alone, let us believe in you until you come again!” What in the whole world is more important than that? The more we see our sin, the more we see so many temptations, the better it is to know that Jesus is coming back! Come, Lord Jesus, come!
So when is he going to come? That’s the big question, right? When is our salvation going to be complete? When is sin going to be done with for good? When is he coming back? There’s only one person who knows. Remember who? Our Father knows. Three years ago Emily, Isaiah, and I drove to visit my brother in North Carolina. We had planned to make it a two-day drive. But right when we got past Mankato, Isaiah began asking, “Are we there yet?” So we decided to drive through the night, while Isaiah slept. At about two in the morning we stopped for gas somewhere in West Virginia. When we stopped, Isaiah woke up, looked at me, and asked, “Dad, do you know where you’re going?” I said, “Yes.” And he said, “Okay,” and went right back to sleep. His father knew, so there was no need to worry. Just like your Father knows.
God promised Eve that her offspring would crust Satan. Did he keep his promise? Yes! He sent Jesus to save us. How long did Eve’s descendants have to wait? Thousands of years! Now Jesus promises that he’s coming back to take us to heaven. How long will we have to wait? Your Father knows. “Dad, do you know what you’re going?” “Yes.” “Okay.” That’s all we need to know. He’s coming back! Remember the word for “coming?” Advent. For a thousand years, Christians have gathered together before Christmas and said, “Come, Lord Jesus, come.” Our Father knows exactly the best time for our Savior to return. Don’t let him find you sleeping. Keep Christ in Christmas, because he’s coming back!