Monday, October 3, 2016

When Christ Returns

Chuckle: A police officer saw a lady driving and knitting at the same time, so after driving next to her for a while, he yelled, "Pull over!" "No!" she called back. "It's a pair of socks!"
Quote: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” --Psalm 27:1 NIV

"And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming" (1 John 2:28 NIV).
As you drive on the highways of America, you often see large signs that read: "Jesus is coming soon," or, "Prepare to Meet God," or similar messages. One country pastor painted these words on his barn: "Prepare to Meet Thy Maker." All who passed by were confronted with a reminder that being prepared to meet God is the most critical aspect of life here on earth. How about you? If Christ were to return today, would you be caught off guard or would you be ready? If you live expecting His return at any moment, you will always be prepared to meet Him.
The certainty of Christ’s return is a major tenant of our Christian faith. However, no one can predict with accuracy the precise time of His return. Each of us should want to do everything we can to help others enjoy that blessed assurance that He will return. Being ready to meet the Lord when He comes is a major theme of the New Testament. It is my deepest desire and prayer that every reader of my daily devotionals can say with certainty that they have trusted Christ as their personal Savior and can look forward to His return with joy and anticipation -- even if He should come today.
Jesus said this concerning His coming: "And then at last, the sign of the coming of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the nations of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send forth his angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven" (Matthew 24:30-31 NLT).
People of all nations on earth will mourn because those who have rejected Christ will suddenly realize the eternal consequences of their decisions. Everything they have ignored and scoffed will be revealed as true and they will have missed eternal life in God's presence in a place the Bible calls heaven. If it should be today, are you ready for the glorious moment of Christ's return?
Love, Jerry & Dotse

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