A Contrast of Births
Jesus said, "'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."1
Walter B. Knight reported how, "An hour after Queen Elizabeth's third child was born, 128 cables were sent to all parts of the world! Lights in Buckingham Palace, the Home Office, Foreign Office, Colonial Office, and Commonwealth Relations Office had burned all night. The palace's big switchboard was manned all night. And personnel on night duty were doubled in the ministries."
How different was the birth of Jesus, "The Prince of Peace." No earthly potentates proclaimed His coming. Atrocious, bloodthirsty Herod concerned himself with the event because he thought some rival ruler had appeared.
God, however, signaled the birth of Jesus by dispatching angelic hosts to proclaim the good news and by placing in the heavens the guiding star to direct humble shepherds and seekers to the lowly place of Jesus' birth.
How different will be the second coming of Jesus. The first time, He came as a babe to identify with lost mankind and to pay the price of our redemption through His death on the cross. The good news is that Jesus is coming again and, when He does, He will come in all His divine glory as King of kings and Lord of lords. To Him every knee will bow. What a day this will be!
Jesus himself promised that He would come back to earth to get and take His true followers to be with Him forever in Heaven. The important thing is to be sure that we are ready for His return and/or to meet God face to face should we pass from this life to the next before Jesus Christ comes back again.
We do this by confessing our sinfulness, believing that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross to pay the penalty for all our sins, and accepting Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord. For additional help see the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/8glq9
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You for Your wonderful promise that Jesus is right now preparing Heaven for His true followers and that He is coming back to earth to take these ones to be with Him and You forever. Help me to be sure that I am prepared for this great and glorious day to meet You face to face. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, Amen."
1. John 14:1–3 (NIV).