Jesus promised that He will return. He will come for His people. He will reign on this earth and He will take His people home to be with Him forever. Those who are in Christ should be excited and look forward to this day. When He comes, He will bring His reward with Him to His children. There will be great tribulation during that time, though. Will He take His people home before or after? That is another subject. Whichever it may be, we need to be ready. But in the meantime, if you are a believer, this will be a great moment. I hope that all of you will consider this and if you do not know Jesus, please seek Him and accept the gift of grace that He offers freely to you before it is too late.
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Some versions say He is coming soon. But I think quickly is a more accurate translation from the Greek. He will come suddenly (like a thief in the night) and unexpectedly for those who are not ready and catch some by surprise. I have shared about this a couple times before:
Be Ready: Live for Jesus’ Return
Getting Ready: Using Our Talents
When Jesus comes, there will be no doubt. I think we are in that time where it could be at any time. I believe the pieces are in place. When He comes, He will come down as He did when He ascended after His resurrection. It will be a sight to see. It will be a scary time and yet exciting and wonderful.
And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, saying, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But He kept silent and answered nothing.
Again the high priest asked Him, saying to Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.”
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
When Jesus promised the Holy Spirit, He also promised that He would return. So, in the meantime, the Holy Spirit will work through us to be witnesses for Christ. Let us be open to the Holy Spirit working in our lives and be used by God to share the gospel. And let us look forward to that day when Christ will come down and bring us to heaven for all eternity to live with Him, to be given our heavenly bodies, when we will have victory over death and sin because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, the blood of the lamb and our faith that He provides by His grace.
1 Corinthians 15:50-57
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
That comfort will be in knowing that we will be with Him, that all those who love Jesus will be there together with Him. What a gift!
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.