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I still don’t have much inclination to write, but I wanted to take a minute to post one of my favorite Advent hymns.  It’s a sobering reminder that Christ’s coming brings not only salvation, but also judgment–a reminder we all need.

Bob Kauflin recently pointed out that we have a tendency to shy away from singing songs about God’s judgments even though judgment is a theme found in many Psalms and Scriptural songs.  I agree with him, and believe that tendency weakens us spiritually.  We would do well to remember the words of Romans 11:20-22, not only during Advent but every single moment of our very brief lives:

So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.

God is kind, and God is severe.  Etch that into your mind.  And because that statement is true, there will either be inexpressible worship or indescribable anguish spontaneously erupting from every human heart when Christ returns.  Are you prepared for that day?  If not, take this time of Advent, of reflecting on the first coming of Christ, to prepare for his second coming.  Repent of your sin and follow Christ.  Here is the hymn I alluded to at the beginning of this post:

Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending

Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending,
Swell the triumph of His train:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.

Every eye shall now behold Him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold Him,
Pierced and nailed Him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
Shall the true Messiah see.

Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heav’n and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day:
Come to judgment! Come to judgment! Come to judgment!
Come to judgment! Come away!

Now redemption, long expected,
See in solemn pomp appear;
All His saints, by man rejected,
Now shall meet Him in the air:
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
See the day of God appear!

Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation, all creation, all creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Yea, Amen! let all adore Thee,
High on Thine eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
Claim the kingdom for Thine own;
O come quickly! O come quickly! O come quickly!
Everlasting God, come down!