The Return of Jesus, Although Unpredictable, is Certain!
For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:27 ESV)
Growing up in Tampa, Florida I came to know the power and beauty of lightning. Storms were a normal part of life there. During certain times of the year it was not unusual to have a daily thunderstorm roll through, complete with thunder and lightning.
Generally, storms could be anticipated. Dark clouds would begin to accumulate, the wind would pick up, and the old-timers would have that certain “feeling” in their bones that a storm was brewing.
Although we could typically see that a storm was approaching, no one could precisely predict when or where lightning would strike.
The signs of the storms warned us of impending lightning, yet the lightning itself could not be foretold with any degree of accuracy.
So it is with the coming of Jesus Christ to receive His church. We can see the signs, and the storm is certainly brewing! But no man knows exactly when. He will come.
Let me explain why Jesus’ return is so important to me:
1. Jesus’ return reminds me that it is important how I live my life. Although my righteousness doesn’t come from my actions, they do matter. I want to be found faithful.
2. Jesus’ return keeps me focused on my mission as a believer – to seek and save the lost. Life isn’t about me and my happiness; it’s about serving others, in order that they may receive the hope and love of Jesus.
3. Jesus’ return gives me hope for eternity. In this world I will endure many tribulations and difficulties, but I will soon be with my Savior forever; and it will be worth it all to see Him.
Believer – be reminded today of the fact that Jesus is coming …soon!
Seeker – Jesus already came once. He lived a perfect life – one that you couldn’t live on your own. Then He took on the responsibility for all of your sins, faults, fears, and failures. He gave His life on your behalf.
Despite being often misrepresented, Jesus truly is the Son of God who became the Son of Man, so that the sons of men could become the sons of God.
Salvation is not predicated on your perfection; nor is it mere behavior modification.
Salvation is the miraculous inner transformation whereby Jesus Christ redeems you and gives you new life in Him.
Jesus loves you and He is coming again for you. Be ready. Trust Him. Have hope!
May Your church live with our eyes open in anticipation of Jesus’ soon return.
May those who don’t yet know you recognize Your love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.