“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” -John 14:2-3 NASB
Not only did Christ come to be with us that first Christmas, He has promised to come back. This time, not as a babe in a manger, but gloriously descending from heaven to claim His people! “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” -1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NASB
These truths give me such hope! No matter what goes wrong in my life, I have a glorious future in heaven with Jesus, in a place that He personally has prepared for me! This breath of a life here on earth pales in comparison. As a person living with a chronic illness, that hope is my lifeline. Jesus is my lifeline! That was true even before the illness. I have simply developed an even greater appreciation.
I am so incredibly thankful for that first Christmas and I eagerly anticipate His triumphant return! I not only celebrate His birth and all the gifts He brought with Him, I also celebrate what His birth means for my future. “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11 NASB.
Wishing you hopeful eyes toward the future as you celebrate that blessed event of the past!