How can we expect people to understand Christ’s Second Coming if they don’t yet know the reason for His First Coming?

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A doomsday prophet always has a thankless job. No one wants to listen to him. Who wants to think about pain and misery, death and destruction? No one, right?

Take, for example, the 2013 blockbuster, Man of Steel. Modern-day moviegoers see the frustration of Jor-el, Superman’s father, at the beginning of the film. He warns of Krypton’s imminent destruction, but the ruling council ignores what are obvious signs to the viewing audience – judgment day is at hand.

  • A skeptical world doesn’t always acknowledge its need for a hero.

This is a recurring theme in superhero sagas. There’s Sinestro standing alone in the 2011 flick, Green Lantern. Even the god of thunder didn’t heed Odin’s portent in another 2011 production, Thor. Selfish people just don’t want to hear it.

  • In our world, we’d rather live it up.

In biblical times, Noah found this to be true; so did Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel. Even Jonah found that he had a poorer reception among his fellow kinsmen than he got from the Ninevites.

  • And this we learn at an early age.

Take, for example, the 1994 Disney animation, The Lion King. What was the catchphrase we remember from that movie? It was Timon and Pumbaa’s theme song about their outlook on life, and it went like this:

It’s our problem free philosophy, Hakuna Matata.

Hakuna matata is a Swahili phrase meaning no worries.

  • We long for no worries as we live like we want.

I traveled on a mission trip to Jamaica once. It was a gorgeous island with beautiful people, but there was a lot of poverty and need. That’s why we went there. People trekked over mountainous terrain on jungle paths during the hottest season just to see a doctor.

We had to depend on local volunteers to help. They smiled and expressed eagerness to lend a hand … but on their timetable. We learned very quickly that Jamaican time meant four or five hours later than promised.

Bobby McFerrin’s hit song even made their mentality famous:

Don’t worry, be happy …

  • Such laissez-faire attitudes are common today.

We’ve adopted what the Beatles sang: Let it be, which is what laissez-faire means. We just want to do as we please and celebrate the holidays like we want because in our minds Christmas is all about us any way.

  • We have forgotten why the Son of God came in the first place.

He didn’t come to teach us to be good. He didn’t come to give us our wish list. He didn’t come to deck the halls with boughs of holly or to sing Christmas carols. He didn’t even come to tell us who was naughty and who was nice.

  • He already knew we all were naughty.

A holy God knows that everyone has sinned and has fallen short of His glory. It was true before the first Christmas. It’s true for this Christmas as well. It’s true of every day since the Garden of Eden. We have to acknowledge our need for a Savior because without Him we’re doomed to eternal judgment – just like what we see in the superhero sagas. We have to recognize that mankind’s Judgment Day is at hand.

  • We mustn’t become like the prophet Lot.

Lot chose to pitch his tents near Sodom and Gomorrah. He became a judge among the Sodomites and probably tried to rule as righteously as he could. The problem was that he allowed his environment to corrupt him. He came to live like all the other sinners around him did. And the Bible tells us how that turned out – more than chestnuts roasted over an open fire in those cities.

  • We must be diligent to remember the Reason for the season.

This is especially true for Christians. Jesus came to suffer the penalty for our naughty sins. It was, is, and forever will be the greatest gift we could want or receive – the true Reason for the season.

  • Because Judgment Day will soon come, we have to proclaim:

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

~ Luke 2:11, NKJV

Do you see any other hope for our world?