God's word in today's world

Are you ready for Jesus’ coming?


We’ve become used to high walls and electric fences and security guards day and night in our country. People simply walk into your house and take what they want. My friend’s daughter was home alone. She is very aware of security and keeps the alarm switched on at night. When she woke up the next morning, she noticed a curtain blowing in the wind in the lounge. She went and had a look – the window pane had been neatly removed and the TV was gone.

Just like that. Unexpected. Unannounced.

Obviously that’s the way it happens. Burglars don’t leave a friendly note in your mailbox telling you they’ll be visiting later that night to do some shopping in your house. No, they want to catch you unawares so that you won’t be able to increase your protection in advance of their expected visit.

Jesus’ coming will be just like that. Unexpected. Unannounced.

Every now and then someone pops up saying they have a direct line to God and that Jesus will be on his way to earth on such and such a date. Then some of us get a fright and ask: Am I ready? What if that person does have a direct line? And when that date passes by, we feel a sense of relief …

Why do we listen to these people again and again? It is stated very clearly: 1I don’t think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. 2You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars. He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would. 3About the time everybody’s walking around complacently, congratulating each other—“We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”—suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman.

Let’s highlight a few basic facts of Jesus’ second coming:

We do not know on what date or at what time Jesus will come again. Full stop. That’s it. It doesn’t matter how convincing that person is. It doesn’t matter how clear his direct line to heaven. It doesn’t matter how many canned food people have stockpiled. No one knows when Jesus will return to earth.

Just put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Actually it’s logical, because if the date was known, many people could simply have repented and given their hearts to the Lord the day before.

But we shouldn’t use fear to make people repent. I’m reminded of the story about the minister who was preaching seriously about the second coming. He was embellishing about what would happen to people who are not ready and quoted the following scripture from the Bible: “… and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth …”

And right in front of him was an elderly lady smiling broadly with not one tooth in her mouth. So he ended his sentence: … and for those with no teeth, some will be supplied.

Let’s make sure we are always ready so that Jesus may come at any time.

Scripture

1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

Reflection

Are you scared of Jesus’ second coming?

Are you ready?

Are those around you ready?

Prayer

Father, I’m ready. You can come. Amen.

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