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Advent: Day Seven

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. – Revelation 21:3

On this side of history, we do not await Jesus’ birth, but His return. Just as God promised long ago He would send a Savior and King, so now He has promised He will once again send our Savior back to us. After Jesus died and rose again, He ascended into heaven and promised to return and set all things right. We have not stopped longing for our Savior.

When Christ comes again, it will not be as a baby in swaddling cloths. It will be as a victorious King. He is coming again as the King of kings and Lord of lords. He will bring about a new heavens and a new Earth. When He comes, He will never go away.

We wait for God to make His dwelling place with man. We wait for Him to dwell with us, His people, as our God. We await the day He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and when death shall be no more. When there is neither mourning, nor crying, nor pain ever again. We once again long for our Savior. Amen. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Meditation: What will it be like when Jesus returns? Close your eyes and imagine seeing Him face to face. Death will be no more. All sorrow and sin will cease. Until He comes, we hope and dwell on that promise.

Prayer: I pray for my city, that churches would be planted and people would come to trust in You, Jesus. Please right the wrongs in my city. Let there be an end to racism, poverty, sickness, greed, and despair. Jesus, let your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.