I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven!
1 Corinthians 15:50-58
Some of the richest veins in Christian hymnody are those songs and anthems devoted to our Lord’s return. For some reason, few “Second Coming” songs are sung today; but consider these old words by Lomax Childress, which were published by Moody Bible Institute in 1917: “He is coming back in glory, then the dead in Christ shall rise, / In the splendor of His presence that will fill the earth and skies. / The dawning of that morning to the wondering earth will bring / The majesty and sovereignty of Christ, the Lord and King.”
Regardless of our preferred style of music, our hearts should always be singing about the imminent return of Christ. It’s our greatest anticipation in life, and we should look forward to it more than we anticipate vacations or other exciting upcoming events. The expectation of our Lord’s return gives us purpose in life. It fuels our missionary work; it drives our evangelism; and it helps us keep our lives holy and our eyes lifted upward.
Soon, indeed, He is coming back in glory, and the dead in Christ will rise in the splendor of His presence that will fill the earth and skies.
Through the blending blue in beauty will the heavenly host appear, / And the saints shall rise to meet Him, crying, “Jesus Christ is here!”
W. Lomax Childress
Luke 16 – 18