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27th April 2014
The Bible tells us that creation itself is waiting and even yearning for Jesus to return, and every follower of Jesus is eagerly awaiting this too! We can read in the Bible about when Jesus will return, what it will be like and why He is coming back.
Many people have tried to predict when Jesus will come back – there’s even a book of 88 reasons why Jesus would return in 1988! But Jesus Himself is very clear on this: He said, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” (Matt. 24:36). The Bible also says that He will come “like a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2), which clearly indicates that it will be surprising.
We are not expected to try to figure out when Jesus will come back; rather we are supposed to live ready. We are called to live in eager expectation of His return, making sure our lives reflect what we believe, not hedging our bets, ‘looking busy’ and hoping we can follow Him seriously at the last minute. Jesus isn’t like a naïve boss. He knows our hearts, our motives, everything. We are to preach the gospel, be the good news, love people and point them towards Him now. That’s how we stay prepared – by doing the things we’ve been commissioned to do!
Though we don’t know when Jesus will return, we do know something about what it will be like: the first time He came, it was in humility, vulnerability and obscurity; when He comes back, it will be totally different – it will be the biggest event in world history as He comes in power and glory, with the whole world knowing about it! It will be global, it will be awesome, and it will impact every single person on Earth – even the dead will rise!
We can also know why Jesus will return – what the purpose of it will be. Jesus will one day redeem all things. A new heaven and a new Earth will be created, and we will have new bodies, completely free from pain – even from sagging! There will be a day of judgment, where full and perfect justice takes place. And Jesus will separate those who follow Him from those who don’t. At that time it will be too late to change your mind. Those who don’t know Jesus will go to spend eternity without Him.
But for those who do know Him, once Jesus returns there will be no more pain, suffering, anxiety, disease, war, hatred, confusion, sin, or death. There will only be love, joy, peace and good things for all eternity. And for those ‘in Christ’, we will be glorified, just as He is glorified.
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Posted by Santino Hamberis