He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! –Revelation 22:20
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come scoffing and following their own desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” –2 Peter 3:3-4
It pains my heart when I see and hear of all the evil going on in the world today and think of the day of the Lord’s return rapidly approaching. Like past scoffers who did not believe the Lord would ever return, so there are some today who carry on about their business not giving a passing thought toward repenting for their sins and entering into a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. Oh that their hearts would soften and believe in the work of the cross!
God desires that no one perishes in sin. For the Bible says, “but do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. –2 Peter 3:8-10
For Christians that means there is more work to do in sharing the Gospel. For the unbeliever, Jesus is still waiting for sinners who will repent and turn to Him. He says, “Behold, I am coming soon, “bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.”–Revelation 22:12 And in the preceding verse, he says, “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”–Revelation 22:11
“Blessed are those who wash their robes (conscience-cleansing in the blood of Christ), so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murders and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” –Revelation 22:14-15
The Holy Spirit and the Bride (the Church) continues to extend the invitation to all the world to come to Jesus and experience the joys of salvation in Christ. He is that living water of life still available as a free gift in a world that is desperately dying of thirst. Sinner man or Sinner woman come and drink! We don’t know the day or the hour, but Jesus is coming soon and unexpectedly. That’s good news to those who trust in Him, but a terrible message for those who have rejected Him and stand under the judgment of God.
May we remain watchful for that glorious day. May we take to heart the words of Jesus when He exhorted us to “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”–Luke 21:34-36
“So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” –Hebrews 9:28
May we say confidently, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”
Jason’s vision is for the gospel to continue to spread throughout the world and believes it is Christian’s responsibility to carry out this mission effectively. To learn more about the organization for which Jason volunteers, please visit www.HaitiChristianity.org.
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