“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28).
During this age, the message of salvation goes out to the ends of the world. At the end of the age, the harvest will be complete and Jesus will return (Matthew 13:47-50). Believers who labor for God should long for this day and wait eagerly for it:
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
Not everyone longs for the return of Christ. Many dismiss Christ’s second coming as a fanciful myth, and go on their way not giving it a second thought. Others, including some Christians, get caught up with the cares and stresses of this life and take their eyes off the hope before them. But Jesus will indeed return on a day that will take most by surprise:
“Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44).
Other blessings will arrive in due time, such as the setting up of the eternal kingdom, the removal of the curse, and the abolishment of death. The early Christians longed for this day as they often suffered much for their faith. Today, we face opposite temptations, such as ease and seeking prosperity. We want to get “ahead” in this life, and somehow our priorities get reversed. Jesus rebuked three of the churches of Asia for their attitude and apathy (Ephesus, Sardis, and Laodicea, see Revelation 2-3).
How can we prepare for His coming? The Bible gives one answer: We wait by serving (Luke 19:13). We need to ask God to rekindle a love for His coming, and then live as though we expect Him to return today. We should care for the things of the Master, and be about His business. We don’t know when He will return, but the Bible describes it as soon:
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
Did you notice the response to the announcement of His soon return? “Amen, come Lord Jesus!” Do we have that same longing? Do we desire to see that day? May God bless our hearts with the hope of Christ’s return.
Posted on Fri, December 16, 2016
by Sam Petitfils