Scripture reveals that Jesus himself knew that He was born to die. That His entire life was lived for that last hour, that last moment of time on the cross. John 12:23-27 records “Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”
Jesus came into this world to pay the sin debt of all mankind, a debt He did not owe. He was uniquely the only person who had ever lived or would ever live, who could accomplish this, because He is the Son of God. The story didn’t end with His death, for as He prophesied, He arose from the grave and walked with, and continued to teach, His disciples for 40 days before ascending in a cloud into heaven, to take His place at the right hand of His Father’s throne. He had lived His life in that time, for that one hour.
But, He is coming again. At His ascension, angels proclaimed that “this same Jesus” would come again “in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11) The Old Testament and New Testament are filled with Prophecies of Jesus Christ’s Second coming. That future time when He will return to the earth and “they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30) to do battle with and defeat Satan, “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and set up His Millennial Kingdom.
We who are His followers, members of the True Church, that is to say His Remnant Church, described in the New Testament as the Body of Christ and the Bride of Christ, look to the day and hour and moment when He will call us to join Him before the coming of the “great and very terrible” (Joel 2:11) Day of the Lord. He has promised that He “is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44) and will fulfill His promise, “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”(John 14:3) This is the promise of the rapture of the Church described by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16&17 “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.”
This is the hour we should be living for, our Last Hour of the Day. In the passage above from the gospel of John we are told by Jesus that if we serve Him, if we follow Him, then ultimately we will be with Him at the Father’s throne. The caveat is; “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life”. (John 12:25) In other words we must understand and embrace the fact that this world is not our home, our home is in heaven. Yet, we are here to live for Him as we look forward to our last hour of the day.
What does it mean to serve Jesus? Simply put, we are here to do His Will, to live our lives in such a way as to show others that they too can spend eternity with Him.
We are living in the “Last Days.” The signs of the times are clear. Biblical Prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes. It is therefore our responsibility to be living obedient lives before God as servants of Jesus Christ. We must be following Him at all costs, we must be willing to set aside our earthly desires and will and exchange them for His Will, we must be focused on the mission He has given us to accomplish, and we must be prepared for His return for us. The alternative is almost certain destruction in the time of Tribulation, the worlds last hour of the day, before the Day of the Lord described in the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
We are nearing the Last Hour of the Day, the world is approaching midnight in the end times, Jesus is coming soon!