Blog 017 - If the Lord returned on Christmas Day
Posted on December 21, 2019

If the Lord returned on Christmas Day...

1 Thessalonians 4 v 13-18

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 

15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

One of my favourite hymns over many years...

It may be at morn, when the day is awaking, When sunlight through darkness and shadow is breaking, That Jesus will come in the fullness of glory, To receive from the world His own.


Refrain: O Lord Jesus, how long, how long Ere we shout the glad song, Christ returneth!  Hallelujah! hallelujah!  Amen. Hallelujah! Amen.


It may be at midday, it may be at twilight, It may be, perchance, that the blackness of midnight Will burst into light in the blaze of His glory, When Jesus receives His own. (Refrain)


While its hosts cry Hosanna, from heaven descending, With glorified saints and the angels attending, With grace on His brow, like a halo of glory, Will Jesus receive His own. (Refrain)


O joy! O delight! should we go without dying, No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying. Caught up through the clouds with our Lord into glory, When Jesus receives His own. (Refrain) 


If the Lord returned on Christmas Day...

On 25 December at 12.00 noon GMT London, it will be early afternoon in Tel Aviv and Cape Town, it will be early morning in New York, it will be midnight in Kamchatka and the middle of the night in LA.

So actually, because of the world's time zones; all of the verses in the above hymn could be sung quite literally at the same time!(see below link: world time zone . com)

Be honest; if the Lord returned on Christmas Day, could it seem (to some) like an untimely inconvenience?

What if we are just about to open our presents? What if we are giving thanks for Christmas dinner? What if we are settling down in the evening to watch TV or relax with family and friends?

Will we be anticipating the return of the one whose first coming we are supposedly celebrating?

What is Christmas really about?

Oh yes, of course, it is a celebration of the birth of Christ. It is a time to remember that God sent His Son into the world to save us from sin. And yet, could the Saviour Himself prove to be an inconvenience if He 'interrupted proceedings' on the very day we are 'celebrating' His birth?

For those of you who are waiting on His return this is certainly not the case.

O joy! O delight! should we go without dying, No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying. Caught up through the clouds with our Lord into glory, When Jesus receives His own.

Pray for Christmas Rain in Australia!

More to follow...  

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He could return at any moment!

Matthew 24 v 36-42
The Day and Hour Unknown

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. 
That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

42 
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come".

Dear friend; are you anticipating His return in the run up to Christmas?

Christmas not X-Mas

If you see the abbreviated greeting X-Mas; remember that it takes Christ out of Christmas! May we as Christians celebrate Christmas with our Lord Jesus at the centre of everything we do.

Pray for Australia this Christmas...

Brothers and Sisters across the world; please join together in prayer for those in authority and for all Christian organisations and Charities in Australia.

Pray that people form all backgrounds will unite together in prayer for help, assistance and recovery for all those who have been affected and are being affected by the extreme temperatures and the forest fires.


Pray for Christmas Rain in Australia!!


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