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Just The Right Time

The conductor stood on the podium, his eyes scanning the choir and orchestra. The singers arranged the music in their folders, found a comfortable position for standing, and held the folder where they could see the conductor just over the top. Orchestra members positioned their music on the stand, found a comfortable position in their seats, and then sat still. The conductor waited and watched until everyone was ready. Then, with a downbeat of his baton, the sounds of Handel’s “Overture to Messiah” filled the cathedral.

With the sound swirling around me, I felt I was immersed in Christmas—when God, at just the right moment, signaled the downbeat and set in motion an overture that started with the birth of the Messiah, the “High Priest of the good things to come” (Heb. 9:11).

Every Christmas, as we celebrate Christ’s first coming with glorious music, I’m reminded that God’s people, like choir and orchestra members, are getting ready for the next downbeat of the conductor when Christ will come again. On that day, we will participate with Him in the final movement of God’s symphony of redemption—making all things new (Rev. 21:5). In anticipation, we need to keep our eyes on the conductor and make sure we are ready.

Sound the soul-inspiring anthem,
Angel hosts, your harps attune;
Earth’s long night is almost over,
Christ is coming—coming soon! —Macomber
The advent of Christ celebrates His birth and anticipates His return.

15 thoughts on “Just The Right Time

  1. praise the lord says:

    I agree with you I guess I misunderstood what you were saying sorry.

  2. praise the lord says:

    Hi Rocky,

    I agree with you wholeheartedly that we should be busy in the field and working. Sorry but I do have a but and a scripture.

    Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.

    I agree that too many people are so wrapped up in coming events that they are no earthly good nor heavenly good. But don’t you just a wee bit wish you were with the Lord?

    Have a blessed Christmas. You have a good heart.

    1. Rocky says:

      praise the lord,

      Absolutely! I would love to see my dad, my mom, my grandparents, cousins, friends, my granddaughter, and yes of course Jesus, but I’m not ready to die just to see them and be with them.

      The passage in Philippians 1:21-24 that you posted is exactly how we should all be living our lives.

      1. jerome00 says:

        Rocky I found your post to be thought provoking and inspiring (and not just this one).I found praise the lords’ comment to be beneficial and the dialogue between the two of you to be refreshing. Wishing you both and all Gods’ people a Merry Christmas.

        1. bubbles says:

          Yes, there has to be a balance; I think this is what you were saying: work while we wait and looking forward to His coming. It can’t be all about one and not the other.

          1. Rocky says:

            bubbles,

            Correct balance is very important, with out balance we would all be extremist.

            Merry Christmas

        2. Rocky says:

          jerome00,

          Thank you so much for the kind words, I too always enjoy a healthy dialog, it is easy to develop blinders, and recite what we have been hearing for years.

          Like families, we should never compare or argue about how things that are expected of us within our homes to the expectations in the homes of other families. This is one of the main reasons I believe that we are taught not to argue about doctrines, our conversations should always be healthy and edifying each other.

  3. Rocky says:

    When I don’t understand a spiritual principle I bring it down to a level I can understand, because in all honesty, I’m mot nearly as smart as I look. This is one of the reasons I love the parables that Jesus used to explain some of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven and of the spiritual realms. When People say “What would Jesus do” Well for one, He would teach in parables.

    When my parents were born that must have been a great moment in my family’s life, I wasn’t there, but after I was born which was years after my parents were born, we still celebrated their birthday’s.

    This month my father has been gone for forty four years tomorrow would have been his 92nd birthday, my mother on the other hand has been gone just a little over four years. Funny thing, we don’t celebrate their birthdays anymore, we do however remember their lives on the anniversaries of their births and on the anniversaries of their deaths. We get together, we have family reunions, visit their graves, and we are reminded that one day we will see them again. But our goal in this life is never to hope that our death will hurry so that we could be with our parents.

    We have so much life left and there is so much left to do, we all have a bucket list, of the things we want to do before we leave this earth.

    I personally live my life today in such a way that says, my dad is still my hero, I still want my parents to be proud of me, I don’t ever want to shame their name.

    Similarly, to live our lives in such a way that simply says “I can’t wait for Jesus to return” sends a wrong and unhealthy message.

    The Bible says that the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few, there is so much to be done, for us to just sit around hoping for the return of Christ, and there is so much more to be done than simply procreate spiritually.

    The message of Christ’s Hope needs to be taught to the blind and to the lame, to the orphans and to the widows, to the poor and the aliens, to the weary, and to the absolute lost.

    We should all have a spiritual bucket list, especially those of us who are mature Christians.

    Jesus said “do this in remembrance of Me” break bread, have a reunion for the things that He taught us while He was on this earth. He didn’t say sit around and hope for my return.

    The principle in a nutshell, Once I’m born physically I never have to be born again physically, however I may have to be revived if I’m found to be near death. Similarly Once I’m born again spiritually, I don’t have to keep being born again spiritually.

    But once we die, physically we are gone, and the only thing that remains are the memories the good, the bad, and the ugly that will help mold our future. Spiritually speaking once Christ went to the cross and sacrificed His life, this is why we don’t have to keep being born again and again spiritually, we will all have to be revived every now and then, but hopefully we never die spiritually, spiritually we will live forever with Him.

  4. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,
    One of Job’s remarks 9:33 Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.
    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
    Hebrews 12:24 to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.
    Cain was angry because God accepted Abel’s gift which was of the first born of his flock and of their fat.
    Cain’s was the first fruits of the ground. When Adam and Eve sinned, God had cursed the ground. He shed the blood of an animal to cover their sin.
    Cain murdered Abel. Jesus blood is the first fruit that redeemed us all.
    The new covenant is promised in Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah 32 “not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34……For I will forgive their iniquity, and there sin I will remember no more.
    In Ezekiel 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take your heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
    In Ezekiel Chapter 37 talks about dry bones that come alive. 5 …”Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
    He breathed life into Adam and Eve. He has now breathed life into us through the Holy Spirit.
    The difference between the old covenant and the new covenant is the power. There is a hymn called Their is power in the blood. By the power of the Holy Spirit there is regeneration, and we are given new birth, we are a new creation in Christ. We have become children of God and we abide with Him.The power of the Holy Spirit breaks the bonds of sin, dysfunction, hurt and pain in our lives.

    Thank you Jesus for coming to earth and for your obedience to die on the cross to remove the curse of sin from man. Thank you Holy Spirit for the power to live out a holy life before God the Father.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      Hi praise the lord,
      My daughter-in-law is doing fine, all praise to God. She was released from the hospital almost a week ago.
      Thank you and everyone else for prayers lifted on her behalf.
      I keep getting so far behind on this comment section, I just barely get a little written on one subject and everyone’s off onto the next, which is okay, no complaints, as I am really blessed by all the comments. So I trust I will get as much written and posted as what God wants me to. (I would put a smiley face here, but seems like every time I do, my comments are eternally waiting for moderation).
      Thanks again for asking about my daughter-in-law, praying you and yours are all doing well. In His love, your sister Viv

  5. sojourner707 says:

    As my late Pastor, F. Scott Peterson, once said from the pulpit, “We’re one day closer!” Maranatha! Our sister Julie could not have put the whole meaning of the Advent in a more beautiful and succinct context.

  6. bernard stephen says:

    Every year we celebrate Christmas, arrival of Jesus the Redeemer, is in a way of course the rehearsal to prepare ourselves for His arrival as the Bridegroom in the clouds with the heavenly hosts to receive His Bride-The Church. Since, the time and date of Jesus’ arrival is secret, it’s prudent for us to celebrate Christmas every day-birthing Jesus in our hearts! Thus we will be preparing for His Advent!
    Thank you it’s inspiring!
    Merry Christmas

  7. doctor-perspective says:

    Chris Juby , a U.K. church worship leader recently tweeted the entire Bible – one chapter at a time, one day at a time This was his tweet for Hebrews 9. “The high priest enters the Most Holy Place once a year with blood. Christ entered the true holy place once for all by his own blood.”
    God the Son, Jesus Christ, doubles as High Priestly Mediator and Sacrifice. As High Priest, He offered the perfect Sacrifice, and so, did not have to repeat the sacrifice. As the Sacrifice, He laid down His own perfect, sinless life on the cross of Calvary. As Mediator, He now stands between God and man and, not only makes intercession on our behalf, but is the ever present living evidence that the penalty for our sin has been fully paid.

    The God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. “For I am the LORD, I do not change;” (Malachi 3:6). Neither has man changed from Old Testament days to the present. Under the Old Testament, our outstanding characteristic was sin. “Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5) Today we are as sinful as ever, and some may say, even more sinful. Truly, on our own, we all stand condemned under the accusation, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
    A covenant is between at least two persons, and in this case it would be God and man. Because God has not changed, and because man has not changed, there is no logical reason to expect the Covenant between God and man to have changed. The wages of sin has always been death, and the wages of sin is still death. What makes the New Testament or Covenant different, is that under it, the full price for all sin has been fully paid. The receipt, with benefits, is freely available to whosoever will accept it, compliments of Jesus Christ.

    Because God loved the man He created, the Holy God had from the inception of sin, devised a way for man to renew our fellowship with Him through the shedding of blood, without which there can be no forgiveness of sin. (Hebrews 9:22) Although no formal sacrifice was recorded, an animal had to be killed after Adam and Eve sinned, and it was with the skin of that sacrificed animal that God covered their nakedness of which they became aware after they had disobeyed God (Genesis 3:21). It is worthy of note that God did not approve of Adam and Eve’s attempt to cover themselves, and the chances are that, neither did they. Adam and Eve, upon discovering that they were naked, sewed destructible fig leaves and made themselves apron-like girdles or loin cloths that would have to be replaced ever so often. Compare that to what God made for them; tunics or tall coats of animal skin, and perhaps leather.

    Even in this early demonstration of God’s grace, what was to follow was being previewed. The Mosaic law and the entire elaborate animal sacrifice routine represented the best that man could do on his own account and by his own effort. It all represented “fig-leaves”… and the sacrifices had to be repeated, over and over again. True, animals had to be sacrificed, but no perfect animal could be found. Sheep were to be of the first year, and “without blemish”. Those were impossible to find because the healthiest of sheep would have had to eat the grass that grew out of the ground that was cursed.

    Under the Old Covenant, it was obedience to the letter of the sacrificial laws that procured for man a claim to God’s salvation, but only after it had been adequately funded by the sinless blood of the perfect sacrifice. Today, our sins are fully paid for, but the unchanging God still requires obedience to his commandments. Today, it is not our obedience that will purchase our salvation. It is our purchased salvation that should produce our obedience. If we love the One who loved us and redeemed us, we will obey Him. (John 14:15)

    1. gmolen says:

      Spot on. God bless you.

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