from the Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, based on passages from Nehemiah, Malachi, and Ezra, written by The Holy Spirit . . .
Then God told his children something more . . .
I can’t stop loving you.
You are my heart’s treasure.
But I lost you.
Now I am coming back for you.
I am like the sun that gently shines on you,
chasing away darkness and fear and death.
You’ll be so happy —
you’ll be like little calves running free
in an open field.
I am going to send my Messenger — The Promised One.
The One you have been waiting for.
He is coming. So, get ready!
It had taken centuries for God’s people to be ready, but now the time had almost come for the best part of God’s plan.
God himself was going to come. Not to punish his people — but to rescue them.
God was getting ready to wipe away every tear from every eye.
And the true party was just about to begin . . .
They awaited His first coming. Now, we await His second.