YouVersion Devotional

When you’re walking through a season of difficulty and suffering, it’s easy to feel as though God has forgotten about you. However, that is a lie.  God kept His promise of the first coming of Jesus. Just like the Old Testament saints were eagerly waiting for the first coming, we as New Testament saints are eagerly awaiting His second coming. In fact, there are more prophecies in the Scriptures about Jesus’ second coming than there are about His first.  What great hope this provides. He remembers you. He knows your struggles, your suffering, and your sadness. He knows when you feel forgotten and He still loves you and remembers you. His promise to you is that your suffering will have an expiration date. The way things are now is not the way they will always be. He is coming back because He remembers you.  However, His second coming will look drastically different from His first:  The first time Jesus came to earth, He came as a baby. When He comes back, He will come as a full-grown king.  The first time Jesus came to earth, He came in weakness and meekness. When He comes back, He will come in power and glory.  The first time Jesus came to earth, He came as a suffering servant. When He comes back, He will come as a conquering master.  The first time Jesus came to earth very few people in a town called Bethlehem knew about it. When He comes back, everyone on earth will know who He is.  The first time Jesus came to earth, only a few wise men bowed down before Him. When He comes back, every knee will bow down before Him.  There will, however, be a few similarities:  The first time Jesus came to earth, He came because He loves you. When He comes back, He will come because He loves you.  The first time Jesus came to earth, He came because He remembered you. When He comes back, He will come because He remembers you. Questions for Reflection:  What are some differences between Jesus’ first coming and His second coming? What aspect of seeing Jesus face-to-face are you most excited about?  Truth:  Jesus has not forgotten you. He remembers you. Your suffering has an expiration date.

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