Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Soon Return of Jesus

The Bible ends with a promise and a prayer.

Jesus promises, "I am coming soon." The only appropriate response to His promise is our prayer, "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." (See Revelation 22:20)

After 2000 years how do we make sense of that? In what way is His return soon? Perhaps this helps. When Jesus was on Earth, He compared His second coming to the final stages of pregnancy (Mark 13:8). I remember what it was like for my wife to be in the final stages of pregnancy. Three times we have experienced it. With each pregnancy, we eventually got to that “any day now” stage. There were several common characteristics.

  • Our bags were packed, at least sort of.

  • Every appointment was scheduled tentatively.

  • We knew there was going to be some pain, before the joy.

  • And we were living each day, moment, with this one event foremost in our minds.

It wasn’t like we could predict the birthday, nevertheless we knew that day was near, at hand, inevitable.

The nearness of Jesus' return should impact everything we do. We should act in such a way that we wouldn't be embarrassed if Jesus were to come back within the hour. We should treat others as if Jesus were joining us shortly. We should cultivate our relationship with Jesus in such way that when we see Him face to face we greet Him as the central figure of our life rather than approach Him as we would a distant relative.

God is looking for people with an “any day now” mentality. "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus."

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