Advent is a strange, double vision kind of season in which we look ahead as we look back and look back as we look ahead. It is a simultaneous celebration and anticipation. We celebrate the birth of a baby as we anticipate the return of a full grown, crucified, resurrected Messianic Son of Man.
I wonder if anyone has ever made a snow globe scene that features the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, with his angels to gather the elect? Our text today tells us to wind the music box, and listen for the loud trumpet call (Mt 24:30).
Douglas Hare, Matthew: Interpretation Bible Commentary (Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press, 1993)
Edmund Steimle, "The Eye of the Storm," sermon included in the anthology A Chorus of Witnesses: Model Sermons for Today's Preacher, edited by Thomas G. Long and Cornelius Plantinga (Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 1994).