Jesus Christ is coming again. He is coming soon (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20). And he is coming like a thief in the night (Rev. 16:15, 2 Peter 3:10, 1 Thess. 5:2). He is coming at an unexpected time (Matt. 24:36, 42–44) when people will be saying peace and safety (1 Thess. 5:3).
Jesus himself warned that because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold (Matt. 24:12). Just examine your heart. Is there a longing to see Jesus return? If yes you get the crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8). Does your heart warm at the thought of his return? Do you think on his coming again often? He is coming to take you home to be with him (John 14:3). Do you look forward to it like a bride anticipating the arrival of the bridegroom (2 Cor. 11:2).
Dear friend, Jesus coming again is an absolute certainty. The prophets predicted it, Jesus himself spoke about it, and his disciples wrote about it. He will appear with the clouds of heaven (Rev. 1:7, Matthew 26:64, Luke 21:27).
Jesus coming again is the glorious hope of God’s children. When he comes, the dead in Christ will rise first. Then those who are alive will be caught up to be with the Lord for ever (1 Thess. 4:13–18). The amazing and complete triumph over death happens (1 Cor. 15:50–55). And we all be like him. We shall bear his image and likeness (1 John 3:2, 1 Cor. 15:49). And there will be a thundering, joyous and mighty gathering in the skies.
Jesus is coming as Judge (Matt. 25:31). That means the day of grace will soon be over. It will be a time of great separation. Many will be left behind (Matt. 24:30).
So the time to respond to Jesus is now. Otherwise you will be punished with everlasting destruction (2 Thess. 1:7–10). The biggest threat that keeps us postponing getting right with God is the busyness of life. Jesus warned us to be careful or else our hearts will be weighed down by the anxieties of life and that day will close on us unexpectedly as a trap (Luke 21:34).
“Look,” says Apostle John (Rev. 1:7). The surprise, the suddenness, and the glory and majesty of his coming (Matthew 24:27, 30) is all expressed in that one word.
Every eye will see him. And there will be great mourning, John says. So also Zechariah predicted (12:10–14). Look what will you mourn about? The lack of love towards Jesus definitely (Rev. 2:4). Everything else does not matter. The moment you see him, all your neglect of him, all your forgetting the sacrifice of his blood on the cross for you will come to you with the might and tidal power of a Tsunami.
How painful is the experience of missing a train. There one can probably catch the next train or fly to the destination. But there are opportunities in life that once gone are gone for ever. Of them all, missing one’s soul has no remedy but be in continuous preparation to meet with Jesus, according to the Bible.