27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Christmas day has finally arrived. This is possibly the most anticipated day of the year by people all over the world. There are many different reasons that one might anticipate this day. Many anticipate with excitement and a sense of wonder. Others anticipate with a sense of dread and anxiety. Whatever the feeling or reason for anticipation, Christmas day is hard for anyone to ignore.

For those who follow Jesus, we have much to celebrate in this season and on this day as we reflect on and give thanks for the birth of our Savior, Jesus. Even in the midst of the most difficult seasons of life, Christ gives great reason for joy.

In today’s passage, Jesus spoke of the day that He will return fully and finally. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, so also we should look forward to the day that Jesus will return to gather us to be with Him forever. We should live with anticipation that He has promised to come again and will fulfill His promises completely. On that day, He has promised redemption. All of the broken things of the world will be made new and those who have placed faith in Him will experience the fulfillment of their most excited anticipation and also the end of anxiousness and dread. Until that time, we long for His redemption and hope in His promised fulfillment.

• How do you usually respond in times that you feel most anxious about a future event?

• Where do you currently feel most in need of Christ’s redemption?

• Thank God that He has promised a day of redemption, where Jesus will return and have the attention of the entire universe.