June 14, 2015
The apocalypse has become big business. Certainly, California (especially Los Angeles & San Francisco), New York, and Tokyo seem to always be one heart beat away from annihilation. One wonders if all these disaster movies have desensitized us. There is something self-assuring in knowing that we have "survived" the "big one" - even if it is only computer generated. As "survivors" perhaps we do not need to take as seriously the warnings of what is yet to come.
Peter wrote that there would come many who will scoff at the return of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:4). For many, the return of Jesus has become a philosophical idea and not a definite point in future history. Somehow, with our great enlightenment and understanding, we are above such superstitions.
Yet, Jesus said, "...for I go to prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:2b,3). Jesus pointed to His return as a certain coming event in future history. These are not the words of a deranged lunatic. They are the words of Jesus, our resurrected Savior. If we can trust His words with regard to our salvation, shouldn't we also expect His return?
Once Jesus returns, creation will be put right. God will judge the deeds of mankind. Those who are found wanting will enter into eternal damnation. The repentant, those who have trusted in Jesus as their Savior, have the promise of eternal life with God.
Peter tells us that the return of Jesus is certain and getting closer every day. Yet, it is being held back because of God's patience and grace. Peter writes, "The Lord is not slow about His promise... but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but or all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).
How about you? Are you ready for Jesus' return? Are you trusting in Him as your Savior? What is left undone? Who do you need to speak with concerning salvation? What areas of your life need to be made right? What sins confessed?