The Coming of the Son of Man – Matthew 24.29-35
“Often in the Bible there are passages in which several things have come rushing together… But in order to understand them, we have to take them apart and allow them to be heard one after the other.” I find Wright’s observations about Biblical timescales, and especially prophetic timescales, and interesting one for Advent.
Advent works on several timescales at once:
It is the “getting ready for Christmas” sort of waiting – when we count down a measurable length of time until we celebrate once more the coming of the Christ child.
If is the “once upon a time” sort of waiting – when we recall those patriarch, matriarchs and prophets who waited so long in expectation of the coming Messiah.
It is the “now and not yet” sort of waiting – when we who celebrate the first coming of Jesus look ahead to his coming in glory, when we will see the fulfillment of God’s plan for the universe, which now we see only in brief glimpses.
All these timescales and more are reflected in the readings and liturgy of the season. What do we mean when we say “Come, Lord Jesus”? There are so many layers of time and meaning, longing and waiting, in those few simple words.