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An Eager HOPE of the Lord’s Return
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (KJV)
All through the Scriptures, we find three warnings given to us about the Lord’s Return:
#1. We are to watch. The Lord said repeatedly that we are to watch for His coming because we do not know the day or hour of His return (Mat.24:42; 25:13). Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (KJV) . . . We are to keep alert and pray at all times! We are to do more than pray as we watch. We are to stand fast in the faith with courage and strength (1 Cor.16:13). We are to watch in a serious manner, arming ourselves with faith, love, and salvation (1 Thes.5:8). As we watch, we are to especially be aware of false prophets. We are to discern the spirits and to reject soundly all who do not confess that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh (2 Pet.2:1; 1 Jn.4:1-2). Jesus spoke to John in a vision and gave this great promise to those who remain watchful: Rev. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (KJV)
#2. We are to work. Why does Jesus leave us here on Earth after He saves us? When we are born again, WHY doesn’t He take us immediately take us into the Lord’s Presence? Because we have work to do for Him!
God calls us to win souls. We are to be the Lord’s witnesses, telling of the love of God and the atoning death of Jesus Christ. We are to testify about what He has done in our own lives, both with our words and by our example. As long as there is a soul on Earth who has not heard the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, we have work to do!
Another reason is that we are to grow spiritually, developing an ever-increasing closeness with the Lord Jesus. Not one of us fully lives up to our spiritual potential. We all have room to grow. In areas where we know we are not like Christ, we must work with the Spirit to become conformed to His likeness. Our minds must be renewed (Rom.12:1). We must grow in spiritual discernment and in the wisdom of God. Our faith must be strengthened and used so that our prayers and our actions more effectively build up the Lord’s Kingdom.
#3. We are to wait. Waiting is NOT easy. Our impatience often leads to anxiety and frustration. Waiting can also cause fear to build up. The longer something expected does not happen, the greater our concern grows with what will happen, which can degenerate into worry over what might happen. And fear is only a step away, thanks to old Satan.
The angels spoke peace to the earth at Jesus’ first coming (Lk.2:14). 379 times in Scripture, we find the words “fear not.” We are not to fear, but to enjoy peace. The prophet Isaiah referred to Jesus as the Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6). All through His ministry, the Lord Jesus spoke peace. To the woman with an issue of blood He said, “Go in peace” (Mk.5:34); to a stormy sea He said, “Peace, be still” (Mk.4:39); and to His disciples He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (Jn.14:27). The Lord calls us to peace as we wait for His Return.
Without Jesus, there is NO peace . . . not within a human heart and not among human beings or nations. Only with Jesus, can we experience peace that surpasses our understanding and settles deep within us! Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV) . . . We are to seek this peace as we await the Lord’s Rreturn.
When the Lord comes, will you be with those who love Him and call Him Saviour and Lord?
When the Lord comes, will He find you doing what He has commanded you to do?
When the Lord comes, will He find you eager to see Him?
When the Lord comes, will you be ready for His appearing?
When the Lord calls with a shout from Heaven, will you be going with Him?
When the Lord appears in the clouds, will your heart nearly burst with joy?
The question is: Are you ready for Him to come? The fact is, He IS coming again!
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