The Delightful Anticipation of Our Master’s Return

We had this passed around work and I thought I’d share it with you.  While only 9 of them can really count as “commandments”, they do shed light on the fascinating relationship between men and their pets.  And it’s heart-wrenching.  Try and get through this without pouting or “AWW”ing.  Unless you’re made of ice, you’ll probably fall apart like a cake out in the rain.

I bring this up because the relationship between pets and their masters is not unlike the relationship between us and our Master.

When pets wait on us patiently to return, they are like us waiting for God.  You know how the Jews waited for the Messiah for thousands of years since its announcement in Eden (Gen 3:15)?  Well we’ve also been waiting for the Messiah to come, only this time it’s for His return.  And He has promised that He will.

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Matt 24:29-30)

Now the Bible also repeatedly says that we don’t know specifically when this will be (Matt 24:36, Mark 13:35-37), but it also says we can expect it with the coming of certain signs:

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. (Matt 24:32-33)

My mother grew up with an absolutely terrible Cocker Spaniel named “Maxie.”  This dog was constantly aggressive and unkind.  But what was special about Maxie was that he loved my grandmother.  It was said that he would wait in front of the picture window waiting for her return.  Now Maxie never knew specifically when that would be, but he knew that it would be, and his anticipation increased until his desire was fulfilled in the joyful return of his master.

In the same way, we wait for the return of Christ.  We don’t know when it is, but we trust that it will be.  There are some that have given up entirely and don’t trust Jesus that He will come back (2 Peter 3:4), but as believers we do.  As the world crawls deeper into the pit of sin, we will only grow in anticipation for the coming Light.  And it won’t be easy, but it will be a blessing to wait “for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)

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