1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
If we love those for whom we wait, their arrival is like a sweet reunion.
If there is anxiousness, fear, and dread, their arrival intensifies those emotions.
Whether a parent, grandparent, loved one, or friend, we have all waited for their arrival. Seeing their vehicle pull up enhanced the excitement because the moment had come. If we know that judgment and punishment awaits, their appearance confirms that the moment has come.
There was a time when my siblings and I stayed home as our parents went out. We were left with instructions to accomplish some chores and that they needed to be done upon Mom and Dad’s return. We began to get distracted and forgot all about the tasks until the car pulled up.
Frantic work began, and we knew that Mom and Dad knew we had wasted an opportunity to obey.
Words cannot describe what it will be like when Christ will come, as our passage states. Yes, the Word of God tells us that He is coming. He promised.
John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
It will be in about a tenth of a second, the blink (twinkling) of an eye. His appearance and our departure will be so quick, and the world will wonder what happened. We have seen the enemy’s preparation for what will be the great deception.
Aliens came and abducted us.
It was a cultic following of some ancient gods that practiced magic and made us disappear. Some think our clothes will remain, and others believe we will depart without a trace.
Whatever explanation the world gives, they will believe the lie.
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
We are to be awaiting the time when Christ will come. Just as our parents may have given instructions to accomplish some work before their return, our Savior exhorts us as well.
Titus 2:12-13 “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
The disciples had thought that Jesus was coming again in their lifetime. He taught them:
Matthew 24:42-44 “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
We are told that the day, time, and the season is known only to the Father.
Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
Jesus told a parable to teach His disciples what to do after He departs. He likened it to a master who said to his servants what to do until he returns.
Luke 19:13 “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”
Occupy does not mean to take up space. It means to go into business. It is where we get the word ‘occupation.’
The line of demarcation is choosing to be earthly-minded or Heavenly-minded.
Peter, in his general epistle to the churches, admonishes us as well.
1 Peter 1:13-16 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Jesus IS coming.
You can choose to believe it or not.
You can choose to heed it or not.
If our choice is to ready ourselves for His coming, let us go into His business of reaching the lost, encouraging the faithful, and lifting the fallen.
We would all like to hear, “Well done,” but cannot if we do nothing.