Look to the skies! The day of the return is approaching! The one we’ve been waiting for is coming back in the same way we saw them go!
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited. It will be a wonderful day as they glide back down from the sky to make things right, to perform miracles, to bring back joy and hope.
I wasn’t sure this day would ever come, but then the date was announced and, since then, the excitement has been building…
Don’t worry, I’m not teaching heresy… I’m not talking about Jesus!
The one I’m waiting for is Mary Poppins!
As a child, it was one of my favourite films. When I was about five or six, we got a video player for the first time, and for a long time we only had two videos so we watched them repeatedly, over and over, again and again, until they were practically worn out. (In case you’re wondering, the other one was The Sound Of Music- it was obviously a Julie Andrews thing!)
There is something about both of these films that still gives me a sense of security- partly it’s the familiarity, partly it’s the hope they give as someone enters into a difficult situation and instils new life through a combination of love and music- plus I love the songs!
So when I heard that a new film “Mary Poppins Returns” is coming out at Christmas, I was more excited than I have ever been about any film release in my life!
Straight away I dug out my DVD of the first film to watch it again, and I began making plans to go and see the new film over the Christmas holidays.
I want to be ready for the return.
It challenges me though. How ready am I for Jesus’ return? How much am I looking forward to that wonderful day, which will undoubtedly be far, far more amazing than the return of Mary Poppins?
It’s hard when we don’t have a date. It’s hard when we’ve been waiting almost 2000 years and the day doesn’t seem to be getting any closer, but he is coming. The return will happen.
Throughout Paul’s letters, Jesus’ return is a common theme, and he urges the believers to encourage one another with the truth that one day he will return, that things will be set right, and that everything will be brought under his control.
As it gave hope to them in turbulent and difficult times, it can do the same for us, so let’s encourage one another with this truth, and let’s be ready for the day of his return.
We don’t know when it will be, but one day he will come again.
“We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” (Philippians 3:20-21 NLT)