If you hold to the belief of the soon return of Jesus Christ, if you understand the reason why He would return (besides that He said He would), you still might ask how His Soon Return is to come about. If you have been reading some of the earlier posts, you will know we believe He will return, you will know a bit more as to the when and why of His return. I would like to wrap up this group of related posts with a discussion of how He is going to go about His business of ending the world’s business as the world currently sees and engages in it. For we who know, cherish and eagerly await His Soon Return also know that the current world’s history will not end as the world would end it (if indeed, the world on its own could ever bring itself to end), but as the Lord has willed and purposed it to end.
- He came in complete obedience as an infant and offered salvation as the God/Man: We will not go there in-depth but you can see the birth accounts in Matthew 1&2 or Luke 2 to see a helpless infant. Follow the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry (with the strength and courage He exhibited in His ministry and miracles; in His challenging the political and religious elite of the day), His crucifixion (witness the agony of the most obedient Servant to His Father’s will) and His Resurrection (in all power and glory forever and ever). Yes, dying in a humiliating fashion, He still exhibited the power of control as He gave up His life on His terms in obedience to His Father and rose in power from the dead. Salvation comes only through the Son of God.
- He will come in great love as Lord and Savior to bring His Church home: Jesus speaks in John 14:2-3 of readying a place for us in His Father’s house. Paul speaks in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 of His Church meeting Him in the air. Jesus will come to take His Church, His Bride, to take us home. His preparations are extensive and comprehensive, in full completion at the time He steps out on the cloud and with a clarion call heard only by those who are His, command us to “Come up!” He will be ready on that Day. Will each of us also be ready?
- He will come in great power as Lord, King and Judge of the world: Those of us who have trusted in Jesus as our Savior will be overjoyed to see Him. Everyone else, not so much. Revelation 19:11-16 paints the picture with great clarity of what His Return as conquering King and reigning Judge will be like. The return of the KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (I didn’t use capital letters on my own accord, that is in the Bible). Matthew 25:31-46 portrays the sobering picture of the judgment of the nations upon His Second Coming; Revelation 20:11-15 that of the profound and final justice inherent in the Great White Throne Judgment. I could go on, but you get the point. It will not be a good time to be one who defied God, with defiance that led to a hardened heart, a seared conscience, a total rejection of all that is good in the love of the Lord (for that is the only good in this world worth pursuing with a passion) for all of us.
Choose the eternity facing you. But choose wisely and choose quickly, because:
Jesus is coming soon!