A New Hope
The Parousia of the Lord Jesus Christ is the next and final redemptive event that Christians long for. This is the great Day of the Lord in its second and final act. On this Day, time ends and we in Christ will enter into our everlasting rest in which to worship God in perfection. The yearly cycle of life will continue under God’s providential goodness. There will be moments of exhilaration and deep sadness. The way through it is faith, hope, and love. Hope in Christ in this life, but also, and in times that do not last, hope in Christ for the life to come. In our pilgrim way, in the ups and downs, we sing with glad hearts, “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,” not only at his first coming, but as we look for his return.