The Advent: Salvation or Judgement?

Devotional II

 

“But who can endure the day of His coming?”

– Malachi 3:2

Advent is the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. The appearance of the Person of Jesus brings with it His future arrival. This event will be His second Advent…” the day of His coming.” Judgment, therefore, is in the train of Jesus’ birth.

The expectation of the Savior “runs like a thread through the Old Testament.” In Genesis, the plan of salvation was already put into motion. This portion of scripture in chapter three has been rightly called the protevangelium, the “first good news!” God told Satan, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Her Seed is the Christ, and the wound that He brought to the Devil was administered at Calvary in decisive triumph!

John wrote, “God did not send His Son into the world to judge the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” Jesus said it Himself, “I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” How then does Jesus’ birth usher in judgment? His first Advent automatically speaks of His second Advent, which is the Day of the Lord. Each person then must make a decision about what to do with that information.

Jesus’ arrival was to bring peace on earth and goodwill towards men. However, that peace and goodwill will reside only in those who accept the gift of salvation through Christ alone. That salvation is fulfilled on the cross. The Lord and the cross bring light and expose sin. The choice we make at this point for Jesus is what determines where we spend eternity.

“It would be a tragedy, wouldn’t it, if Jesus, who came to save us, should only be our Judge!”

– J.D. Jones

 

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