29 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
31 And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”

Have you ever heard of the word “eschatology”? This is the part of theology (the study of God) concerned with the final events of history. Or, to put it simply, it is the study of the end times. Eschatology is concerned with what will happen in the last days.

At Christmas, it is no surprise that much emphasis is placed on the birth of Jesus Christ. In giving attention to the first coming of Christ, it is important to also consider His promise to return again at the end of time. Scripture has a lot to say about both of these events. One has already occurred exactly as the Bible said it would. It’s exciting to see what Scripture says about the end and to eagerly anticipate the return of Christ, which will happen just as the Bible promises. We can be certain that when Jesus comes again, it will not be in humble circumstances as with His birth as a baby. Instead, He will have the whole world’s attention. His people are to live their lives now in respect to His promised return in glory.

• How does the promised return of Christ impact the way we should live?

• What are some ways you or others may get caught up in the study of the end times that loses focus of Christ and the things He calls His people to do? What needs to change?

• Thank God for Christmas. Thank Him that He sent His Son to earth as a child, and that He promises He will return again soon.