In my last blog, I talked about what will happen when Christ returns. He will judge the living and the dead calling those who trusted in Him as Savior into eternal glory and those who did not into everlasting destruction. When will He return? Many people claim to know, but no one knows the hour of Christ’s return, not even the angels. The important thing is to be ready!
Matthew 24: 36-39, “but of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Doesn’t that sound like today, just going on with life, not concerned about Christ or His coming? We are told to be ready and on the lookout. Christ will come as a thief. You do not know when a thief is going to break in, so you stayed prepared.
I Thessalonians 5:1-11 says, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”
Just as there are signs that a woman is ready to give birth, there are signs that the time of Christ’s coming is nearing. In Matthew 24 the disciples were asking Jesus what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. His response was in verses 6-12, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nations will rise again nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows. Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
We can so see these things happening today…wars and rumors of wars, nations rising against nations, earthquakes, the weather being crazier than normal. I just don’t think people realize the seriousness of His coming. Jesus can come at any time, today or tomorrow, one year or one hundred. We just do not know. In Noah’s day, people saw Noah building the ark, they could have heeded his warnings; instead, they just went about life like the flood was not going to happen. The same holds true today. God may be allowing all these things to be taking place here in the States and the world around us to show us that His coming is near. People are just not paying attention and He will come when no one expects it. Then it will be too late. Like Noah, people probably think that we are crazy when we say Christ is going to return; but, as Christians, if we believe that He is coming, we must be faithful to warn people. What they do with that information is up to them.
There will be people who say, “Those signs have been happening for years and He hasn’t come yet!” Yes, this is true, but God in His mercy does not want any to perish.
II Peter 3:3-4 “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4)and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ II Peter 3:8-9 “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9)The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
Even Christians get so busy with life that we forget about sharing the gospel. Often, we get caught up doing things that are not “bad,” but we are being lax, not sharing Christ with others so they can be saved from God’s wrath. When Christ comes back, we will never get a chance to witness again. There are people who do not really understand how to have a true personal relationship with God. They may love God, but do not realize that Jesus is the ONLY way to have that personal relationship with God. How will people know if we don’t take the time and effort to share Christ?
Romans 10:14-15a “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?”
We do not have to be a pastor of a church to preach the gospel. We just need to listen to that still small voice to whom God wants us to share His Word with. Those people are out there, ready to receive Christ into their hearts and lives.
If you’ve never trusted Christ as your Savior, don’t wait until it’s too late. Trust Him now!
If you are a born-again Christian, are you active sharing the gospel with others or are you too busy with life? Start today; share with one person that Christ is the only way to Heaven. That person will be glad you did.