08 Oct Are You Ready for Christ’s Coming?
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
When I was a teenager, I heard many pastors and spiritual leaders proclaim that the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948 was a clear sign of the beginning of the end when Jesus Christ would return to this earth. There was much talk of the rapture. Most Bible scholars point to the reference that Jesus makes about the fig tree sprouting leaves, and conclude that what happened in 1948 was a fulfillment of that prophecy. It is still possible that Jesus Christ may return in our lifetime.
Jesus challenged the disciples to live each day in the light of eternity. He wanted them to look beyond this life and understand that they would all stand before the Son of Man when He returned. What is true for the disciples is also true for every one of us. There’s a day coming when we will all stand before God and give an account for what we have done with the time and resources he entrusted us with.
When Jesus said in Revelation, “Behold, I come quickly,” that is an enduring word that has meaning for every person throughout the centuries. Even though Jesus did not return during the lifetime of so many over the past 2000 years, He still came “quickly” at the end of every person’s life, because time is so short and He is always coming quickly, when you compare it to the timetable of Eternity. This last Friday night, Jesus came to receive into His arms an Evergreen High School football player. And as I have ministered to a couple of his teammates over the past week, I have reminded them that time is short, and what we do now on this earth has eternal implications.
This life can weight us down with so many concerns and worries. But the most important thing we should give our attention to is the assignment God has given to each one of us. We live in a hedonistic culture where it is so easy for people to make the pursuit of their own pleasure their god.
I am inspired to walk in the Spirit and embrace the living presence of Jesus in my life. When I am aware of His presence, I am also moved to please Him and do His will. The greatest pleasure in this life is knowing that we have pleased the Lord and that we have influenced others to walk in the truth.
Lord Jesus, help me to live in the light of eternity and make the most of the time and opportunities you give me each day. I surrender my life to you today and pray that I will walk in your Spirit and serve the people that you have placed in my life. Help me to remember that life is short and that when I stand before you in the last day, that I will not be ashamed, but thankful that I was, with your help, able to fulfill your purposes for my life.