Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

Pregnant Mary holding stomach and looking at manger on Christmas Eve
09 Mar 2016

Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house, not a creature was praying, not one in the house.

Their Bibles were laying on the shelf without care, in hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed, not once ever kneeling or bowing their head.

And mom in her rocker with baby on her lap, was watching the late show while I took a nap.

When out of the east there arose such a clatter, I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutter and threw up the sash.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.

With a light like the sun, sending forth a bright ray, I knew in a moment, this must be “the day.”

The light of His face made me cover my head, it was Jesus returning just like He said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the book of life which He held in His hand, was written the name of every saved man.

He spoke not a word as he searched for my name, when he said “It’s not here,” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love, He gathered to take to His father above.

With those who were ready, He rose without a sound, while all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late, I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight, oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear, the coming of Jesus is drawing so near.

There’s only one life and when come the last call, we’ll find that the Bible was true after all.


And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” (Revelation 19:11, NASB95)

He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:13, NASB95)

And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”” (Revelation 19:16, NASB95)


JD Wilhite

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