The second coming of Jesus Christ is the beginning of the glorious future of the true church of Christ. This is one remarkable event which all of us are so eager to see unfold before us.
It is our constant source of hope, comfort and assurance that He who is our Lord and Savior will one day come back in all His glory, majesty and dominion to be with us forever more! Apostle Paul, in his letter to Titus, calls this dramatic and sudden revelation of Jesus Christ to His church as our “blessed hope.”
And such is the glorious joy and hope this day would bring forth that our present-day hardships living our faith and sacrifices serving Him aren’t even worth comparing to it. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us,” Apostle Paul encourages the brethren in Rome (Romans 8:18). Truly that it would be a day we will never forget!
Meanwhile, while we are waiting for this day to happen, we must be careful not to allow ourselves to be drowned by the troubles that come our way. The political, economic and social breakdown we see now afflicting most parts of the world today are examples of these troubles that can seriously affect our faith in God and in His promise to return.
Therefore as children of God, we must never allow the Devil to gain a foothold on our lives, rather we must strengthen our faith and our hearts constantly yearning for God’s return. It is noteworthy to read in the Scriptures that Jesus Christ Himself admonishes us to prevent our hearts from being overwhelmed by the many troubles we encounter in this life. He encourages us to trust totally in God and in Him so that we can be truly established in our faith and be ready when He eventually reveals Himself to us.
But just as this promise of His return is very true and real, yet it remains a mystery for the rest of the world what is this second coming of Christ all about. They can’t understand it much less believe on it. In his second epistle, Apostle Peter records what most people in the past and even at the present time think of it.
“Where is this coming he promised?’ Ever since our forefathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation ” – 2 Peter 3:4
That day would even surprise them like a thief in the dead of the night while they are either in deep spiritual slumber or too pre-occupied in their sinful revelries and lusts. The Lord Jesus Christ himself warned;
“That as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man”
When the entirety of the world were “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage…until the day the Noah entered into the ark
And knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came”,and took them all away..– Matthew 24:37-39
However, as far as the true children of God are concerned, this day should not come as a nightmarish surprise to us. Rather, an event that we must all have joyful anticipation, eager expectation and determined reckoning! The reason is because God has already made it known to us the time when He will come back for us. And that time is none other than our time – the fourth watch of the night! The culmination of the ages! The end of the last days!
Consequently, our knowledge of His return should have bearing and influence on the manner we wait for Him. It is not enough that we know the season of His return. We must also know what we must do within that given period and accomplish the task given to us. This explains the reason why the time was revealed to us in the first place, so that we cannot be caught unaware of the suddenness of Christ’s return. Because if we fail to influence our Christian service with the knowledge of Christ’s imminent return, then, we would end up much worst than the world in ignorance.
In his parable about the wise and wicked servants, Christ portrayed the wicked servants as the one who abused his fellow servants and involved himself in orgies and revelries. But the wise and faithful servants did what they know would surely please their Master upon His return.
They took charge of the possessions of their Master and did everything to flourish them. As a result, the Lord was pleased and He gave them the right to rule over His possessions. Waiting for someone can be tough and even frustrating at times.
“What if he forgot about his promise?” “What if he failed to locate our meeting place?” We ask ourselves with these questions including a host of other things. Then, we begin to entertain doubts as well as fear about the entire meeting. This can be disappointingly true with our fellow men. But not with God.
He is the One who appointed this great meeting and He will be true to what He has promised to us. The Scriptures declare,
“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” – 2 Peter 3:8-9
Our glorious meeting with the Lord in the air is nearer and sooner than we could ever think it could be. Just keep watching for He who has promised is true and faithful. Maranatha!