We’ve known about it through the Bible. We’ve heard of it from our spiritual leaders of the past, and we have (hopefully) anticipated the wonderful promise ourselves: Jesus is returning.
After His ascension to His kingdom, the disciples of Christ were left with a great task: to go and preach the gospel of Christ and to make disciples of all men. These apostles, they were real followers of Jesus; they lived diligently, and while doing the work that they were given by Him, they lived with the hope of the Lord’s soon return at the frontlets of their mind, literally believing that He would come at any given moment. Jesus wasn’t first for them – He was everything!
How Far We’ve Come
Sadly, as the centuries have passed, this kind of faithful living has ceased. Jesus’ coming is seldom preached in today’s pulpit and Christians have little to no expectation in His promise, much less a desire to even hear about it. Today’s generation is considered the most sinful generation yet, estranged from God as we are, and we – we who are closer to the Lord’s return than the disciples were – still live so carelessly. We say, “Oh, He’s my Lord, He’s my life,” but we pay no more attention to His approaching steps than we do to the poverty that is worldwide.
Grave Warning to the Slumbering
But in Luke 21:34, Jesus gave a warning,
“Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.”
There’s a doctrine that has swept through our countries, saying, “He’s not coming in my time” and what this has produced in us is a slothful character, causing us to think we can live however we please. The church has gone on a “world binge”; they have become intoxicated with the demands of this life, growing so accustomed to sin and ruin that they’ve hit the snooze button on God’s alarming cymbals and now Jesus’ coming is troublesome to them. This is devastating. And scary. Jesus said,
“It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.” Mark 13:34-36
Oh, but His people have sunk into that pitiful slumber. We’ve lost the awareness of His return so that we’re no longer praying, no longer reading His word; we don’t shut ourselves in with God anymore, therefore we don’t have His character, His burden, His Spirit! And what’s going to happen now is that He’s going to come like He said He would and we’re going to be left behind, like the five foolish virgins who didn’t have oil in their lamps when the bridegroom came.
“And while [the five foolish] went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.” Matt. 25:10-13
This is grave. The warnings had been given. The call had been made. But they weren’t ready.
A Time to Wake
Listen while I tell you this. The Holy Spirit is presently stirring His people up with a word, saying that Jesus returns sooner than we think. Jesus Himself is appearing to many, shouting the profound words, “I am coming!” He wants you to know this. He’s coming in your generation. You can’t say this is not true because you do not know the day or the hour. In a single moment, Christ could come and gather His people but will you be among them? If you want to be, your task follows in this verse:
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Rom. 13:11-12
You get His yoke upon you, ask for His Spirit to renew you, and keep your eyes on Him because He’s coming soon!