Posts Tagged ‘Return of Christ


How Should We Live?

Peter, in talking about the return of Christ and the Day of the Lord, asks a very important question. He wants us to think about how we live our lives. Knowing that Judgment Day is coming, how should we live? He wrote:

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. ​- 2 Peter 3:11-12 (NIV)​

He says that we should live holy and godly lives. Since we don’t know when Jesus will return, we should live every single day in the expectation of this glorious event. We need to be ready for Him to come back at any given moment. That means living lives that resemble Jesus’ life. We should live lives of holiness, which means pure, and godly and that means marked by godliness or striving to look like God. This will not only please God, but will also present a consistent witness to a world of doubters who may yet believe in Christ.

Like A Thief

Jesus said it in the Gospels. Paul said it in his letters. John wrote about it in Revelation. Peter wrote about it in his letter, too. The New Testament says that the return of the Lord will come like a thief. This is what Peter said:

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. – 2 Peter 3:10 (NIV)

A thief does not announce his coming before he comes to rob your house. He shows up when you’re not expecting him. It takes you by surprise and then it is too late. When Jesus comes, it will not necessarily be when we’re expecting Him. For centuries, people have been predicting the return of Christ and every single time they have been wrong. The fact is that only God knows when Christ will return. So let us always be ready for He will come when we least expect it.

Where Is Jesus?

The return of Jesus is something with which Christians are fascinated. When is He coming back? When will we see His second coming? We’re like little children saying, “What’s taking so long?” Peter says that as we get closer to His return, there will be those who mock Jesus and doubt it. Peter wrote:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” – 2 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

They’re right, you know? Things have been going on as normal since the beginning of the world. Jesus said that that’s how things would be going. In Luke 17, Jesus said that things would be going on as normal on the day of His return. Don’t listen to the scoffers who say that Jesus was lying about His return. Instead, be prepared. Be ready because we don’t know the day of His coming. That way, when He does return, you won’t be caught off guard and you won’t be left out in the darkness.

So You Can Pray

As followers of Jesus, we need to remember that Jesus will return someday and it could be soon. Peter told his readers that the end was coming. Since Jesus was coming back, they needed to be sober minded and alert. Peter wrote:

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. – 1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)

We have to be aware and alert of what is going on around us so that we can pray. We cannot be given over to drunkenness or substances that will dull our senses. We need to have sober minds. We need to be alert to the schemes and activities of the enemy. He is still seeking to destroy the church. We need to be watchful and faithful in prayer. Prayer offered in faith can move mountains. Don’t ever give up on prayer! If you’re not praying, start! If you are praying, keep praying. God hears and answers our prayers according to His will. Be sober minded so you can understand and discern His will better. After you have prayed, pray some more because after all, the end is near.

Patiently Waiting

No one enjoys suffering. The Christians of the first century suffered persecution at the hands of those who opposed the church. James told them:

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. – James 5:7-8 (NIV)

Just as a farmer must wait for the rain to water his crops, so too must Christians wait for Christ’s return. The farmer knows that the rains will come and we must know that Jesus will come back. It requires patient endurance. No matter what others may say about us or do to us, we have to remember that Christ will return and those who stand firm and remain faithful to the end will be rewarded. Jesus said that we should not be surprised if the world hates us. After all, they hated Him first. My encouragement to you today is to resolve yourself to remain faithful to Jesus no matter what. The world is getting scarier and scarier for followers of Jesus. Will you patiently stand firm until He returns?

Talking About The Weather

Luke 12:54-59 (NIV)

Interpreting the Times

54 He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

I check weather sites.  I usually check the following on a fairly regular basis:

To that you would need to add 2 nightly news weather forecasts I watch on TV.  You might say that I’m a little nuts about the weather.  Why?  I don’t really know.  I just am.  Jesus talked about the weather in Luke 12:54-59.

When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? – Luke 12:54-56 (NIV)

What Jesus said then is true today.  Our world is falling apart and we’re staring at the sky trying to figure out what the weather will be tomorrow or the next day.  We’re more concerned about the weather than we are the state of our communities, countries and world.  We watch the evening news and wish we could fast forward through the violent crimes and scandals to get to the weather.  We spend more time thinking about the weather and how it will affect our plans than we do on our knees praying for our world.  Jesus will be coming back and we’re not preparing people for His return.  When Christ returns, it will be too late!  Can’t you see the signs of His coming?  Are you ready?  Are your loved ones ready?  Is our world ready?  Until everyone hears and has that opportunity to choose or reject Christ, we must be working day and night.  The weather will come and go.  Seasons will change.  Our God will never change and His promises will never fail.  Let us be prepared for the season of Christ’s return.
PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for the promises You’ve made. I need to hear Your voice today. I want to lift up our world to You as we eagerly await the return of Your Son. Help me to make a difference for Your Kingdom. Amen.

The Great Reunion

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. — 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV)

I was thinking about relationships and friendships this morning and how hard it is to be separated by miles and miles.  I like e-mail and the telephone, but it is no substitute for a face-to-face reunion.  That is the promise of 1 Thessalonians 4.  There will be a great reunion of loved ones, both friends and family.  Those who have passed away and those who are still alive.  We who are one in Christ will see each other face to face again.  We may be separated by time and space at the present moment, but we will be reunited in the presence of the Lord on that great day.

Paul tells the Thessalonians to encourage each other with the words he had written about the return of Christ.  My encouragement to you today is to remain faithful until He returns.  Stay faithful, my friends.  The reward and the reunion is well worth it.  Though we may face trials, tribulations and temptations, stay faithful.

PRAYER: Lord, I need the encouragement of Jesus’ return today.  This day will try to knock me down and beat me up and get the best of me.  But I know that Your Word says that there is coming a better day.  The day of Christ’s return.  Help me to keep my eyes on that prize as I await the great reunion and to see Jesus face-to-face.  In His mighty name I pray, amen.

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