Posted: Wednesday, December 21
Verse of the day:
“It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ." (Revelation 12:10)
The second coming of Christ is like a love song. Etta James was 22 when she recorded the rhythm and blues hit “At Last.” Etta transformed the song into a classic with her endearingly expressive tones. “At last my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song.” The song itself was 20-years-old when Etta recorded it. Previous recordings never managed to connect the text to the passion. Etta taught us (or reminded us) what it feels like to wait for love—to hope, to doubt, to chase, to pray, to believe. Some people find love in a minute; some people wait for decades.
The second coming of Christ didn’t come in a minute. The church was declared the bride of Christ, and then we were told to wait. We’ve waited 2000 years for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Christ didn’t return at first. He will come at last.
The second coming of Christ is like a slave song. “Free at last, free at last. Thank God almighty, I’m free at last.” Martin Luther King quoted this song at the conclusion of his “I Have A Dream” speech in 1963. MLK didn’t speak that day in the scope of 1963. He spoke in the context of a story 300 years old. The first African slaves were brought to North America in 1619. Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. MLK spoke with the cry of the past and the hope of the future.
Christ didn’t return the first time Christians experienced persecution. In many countries around the world, Christians still live in danger. Deliverance has not come quickly. We wait. We endure. Christ didn’t return at first. He will come at last.