Whenever I step outside and get an opportunity to observe the clear blue skies, I often wonder…“What if the Lord comes today?” I get really excited and just begin to smile eagerly, and then all of a sudden I think of the people who do not know Jesus, or even know Him but have never really commited their lives to Him.
If you would have told me five years ago I would be here typing these words, I would have told you, “no way.”
But here I am.
Firstly, because the grace of God compels me to share with you the most amazing thing that has ever happened in my life, and that is, Jesus Christ. And most importantly, because these words are faithful and true.
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Jesus spoke these words. And in all of history, He is the most reliable person to ever walk the face of the earth.
You have probably heard about the return of Jesus for His children, and if not, then I believe you are not here by accident.
1 Thessalonians 4
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Jesus Christ is coming back for His church, and it is my prayer that both you and I will be a part of this group. And the church does not mean a certain denomination, but all His children all over the world; for He knows each of them by name.
The Lord has been gone for almost 2000 years now. Before He ascended into heaven, He made a promise to all His children.
1. Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me.2. 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.3. And 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.
I will come again and receive you to Myself.
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
Just the other day, I was discussing with my mum about death because she had been really saddened of late by the rate at which people were dying. Recalling some words I once heard, I told her, “mum, the greatest tragedy is not death, but death without having a relationship with Jesus.” I wasn’t also trying to brush off her feelings and concerns; equally understanding where she was coming from, I wanted to remind her of the bigger picture.
Death has always been an unnerving subject. I think the reason why most of us shy away from discussing it is because we avoid facing it’s harsh reality. It usually leaves the ones left behind wounded and at a loss of words and even actions. And it also reminds us of the fate that awaits us all.
That is why this message is extremely important.
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
Anyone without a personal relationship with Christ, or has not received Him as Lord and Savior, is in a position without hope.
Because Jesus is that hope. There is no other hope in this life; He is the only hope.
Paul, while writing to the Philippians faced a similar plight between life and death. However, his outlook was filled with much hope for the present and the future; regardless of which of the two He would have to face. He said,
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.
23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Jesus said, “whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
That means our earthly bodies will die, but the spirit of the believer can never die. The Spirit only relocates to another place, a new building, a place where suffering ceases.
2 Corinthians 5
1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. (Meaning clothed in Christ)
4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. (While I am here on earth, I know, or I have the confidence that God’s purpose keeps me here; to finish the work He has for me to do for Him, and when it is done, then He will take me home to be with Him forevermore.)
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Amazing right? “whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” There is no such thing as soul sleep for the believer, we live on with Christ when we depart from these earthly bodies. We never have to taste death.
Therefore what ought we to do while here on earth?
Just recognize that now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation, and do the work of God.
My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. —Jesus.
And which work did Jesus mean?
27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
The works of God is to believe in Christ; keeping and doing His commandments.
There is no reason to delay, or put off giving your life to Jesus. And if you have then, that is amazing! We only have to walk in His grace while we wait and watch patiently for the return of our Lord.
Furthermore, if we are wise, we will learn from the story of Noah. Noah built the ark for more than one hundred years. Most likely people passed him by wondering if he had become crazy. Perhaps they jeered at him as well calling him names, saying he was beside himself, and who knows what else. They must have laughed at Noah to derision. Yet, God in His grace granted them time to repent and heed the call to enter into the ark so as to escape the impending judgement that was to befall the earth.
Jesus said that His coming would be just like the days of Noah, for it was business as usual, until the rain began to fall. As God sent Noah to be a witness in his time, so did Jesus send his disciples to be a witness to the world.
Please do not be left behind to experience the tribulation that will befall this earth, once the church is gone.
15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
Jesus offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who are willing to receive it. You cannot earn it, you cannot do any works of your own, or follow any traditions and rituals to receive it. It is a free gift!
That is why He said, the work of God, is to believe in Him. Just that simple; receiving the free gift.
In a previous post I had written on the return of Jesus Christ, I pointed out some signs which Jesus said we were to look out for. You may follow the link as you read through the signs.
The fields are already ripe for harvest as Jesus said.
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
The life God has given us on earth is not to fill our lives with vanity, chasing after the things of the world as the world has been deceiving many today. The life God has given us, is to believe in Jesus and follow His commandments; which are to love the LORD our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
John wrote his first epistle about two thousand years ago when he was addressing the people in his time and said, “we are in the last hour.”
I wonder what he would say today if he wrote another epistle.
1 John 2
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
Even so Lord Jesus Come 🙂
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