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Ready for the Second Coming of the Lord?

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Second Coming of the Lord Jesus
Throughout the years people have been convinced that Jesus would return at any moment. Back in the early 1970s Hal Lindsey’s best-selling book, ‘The Late Great Planet Earth‘, and the movie, ‘A Thief in the Night‘, got people thinking Christ would return any day. But, the 70s and 80s went by and still no Jesus. Then there was a lot of talk about the world coming to an end at the turn of the millennium. Remember all the Y2K alarmists? Decades later Jesus hasn’t come!

— Yet, we still are exhorted to be ready for the second coming of the Lord. — “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” (Mark 13:32-33)

The Importance of Being Ready for the Second Coming of the Lord

Jesus stressed the importance of being ready in a parable, saying “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom” (Matt. 25:1). Five virgins had extra oil with them whereas the other five only had their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t come right away so when it was time to trim their lamps, the ones who weren’t prepared had to leave to purchase more oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom came and it was too late for them to gain entrance into the wedding banquet. The parable concludes, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matt. 25:13)

The five who weren’t ready missed out on a significant, life-changing event. So it will be at the second coming of our Lord. As history has proven, we can’t predict Jesus’ coming. If we aren’t ready, we, or others we love, may miss out.

How Choices We Make Now Will Impact Then

What we do or don’t do now will impact eternity. Here are just a few ways:

  • If we keep putting off making sure our hearts are right with God, if we don’t truly know Him, we’ll miss out on eternal life with Him in glory. Or, if we do know Him, this life won’t have as much meaning because we won’t be living in the fullness of life He came to give us (Jn. 10:10). So, let’s start by asking if we truly know Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord. Are we resting solely on the all-sufficiency of the work that Jesus did on the cross for our salvation? If, as believers, we’ve allowed other things to block fellowship with Him, let’s confess our sins (1 Jn. 1:9) and walk in the newness of life He came to give us (Col. 3:1-17). We may only have today to make these decisions.
  • If we keep shying away from sharing the Gospel with those who don’t know Him, they might miss out on eternal life with Him in glory for “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Rom. 10:17). Are we making the most of the openings we have (Col. 4:5)? We may not have another opportunity.
  • If we keep busy with things that only matter in this life and fail to invest our time and resources into that which counts for eternity, we’ll miss out on rewards when we stand before Christ. What we have done in this life “will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light” and we’ll either be rewarded or “suffer loss” (1 Cor. 3:13-15). The Judgment Seat of Christ is for those whose destiny in heaven with Jesus is already determined so the loss isn’t salvation but undoubtedly rewards as it says that person “will suffer loss but yet will be saved – even though only as one escaping through the flames” (1 Cor. 3:15). We won’t have the joy of casting our crowns (rewards) at Jesus’ feet in worship (Rev. 4:10-11). Imagine seeing the Lord of lords and King of kings in all His glory and majesty with nothing to lay at His feet. That’s a true loss.

When Jesus comes, it will be too late to do the things we put off doing. — “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” (Mk. 13:33)

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2 Replies to “Ready for the Second Coming of the Lord?”

  1. Jesus hasn’t returned as promised for almost 2,000 years. At what point do we assume he is never coming back? Two thousand years? Three thousand years? A billion years? At what point in time should we stop waiting for Jesus’ return? If he never returns, he is a failed prophet. Waiting indefinitely is irrational.

    • Hello, Gary. The question about when Jesus will return is something that cannot be answered. Jesus Himself said no one knows the time (Mk. 13:32-33). People have tried to guess but no one has been right. Perhaps to some waiting might seem irrational. If you read through the Old Testament, and even in some historical documents, you’ll find that people waited and waited for the Messiah’s coming. Even the prophets got quiet for 400 years and then when the time was right, Jesus came, fulfilling prophecies about Him. The number of fulfillments couldn’t possibly have been coincidental to be in this one Person. The prophecies yet to be fulfilled relate to His second coming.

      The question to grapple with might be if God truly is all-Wise, All-Knowing, and All-Powerful. Such a God would be capable of immediately bringing something about so any delay would be for a good reason. Our finite minds can’t see the big picture. If we don’t start on the foundation of this kind of God, a lot of the Bible won’t make sense or seem believable.

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