Have you ever asked yourself this important question: “What would I do differently if I knew Jesus was coming today?”
What would happen if every believer let that question determine their actions and decisions? What kind of difference would that make in Christian families and in the church?
Jesus had been teaching and fellowshipping with His disciples forty days after His resurrection.
The final day, He walked with them to the top of the Mount of Olives sharing with them, suddenly He began to ascend into heaven.
The disciples stood looking up at what was happening before their very eyes and two angels appeared and spoke to them. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus which was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:11).
Why were they starring into the sky?
I know why they were staring into the sky. How many times in your life do you see someone ascend off the earth into Heaven?
Complete amazement, that is why they were staring into the sky!
That was not really the point of the angels’ question. They were bringing a message of assurance to the men who had faithfully followed the Lord Jesus Christ.
“This same Jesus”; not a reasonable facsimile or a representative; but this very same Jesus is coming back to earth again.
It was a divine confirmation of what Jesus had promised the disciples on the night He was betrayed and arrested.
Walking from the upper room to the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus gave some of His most important teaching. Part of the teaching was about His second coming.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3 NKJV).
The question arises, What would you do differently today if you knew Jesus was coming?
It is not a fairy tale or a sermon preachers have used for centuries to scare people into responding to an altar call. It is as certain as Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, His crucifixion and His resurrection.
Jesus said, “I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there you maybe also.” He also assured us, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
What we do know is Jesus provided sign markers so we could know the nearness of His second coming.
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near — at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:32-35 NKJV).
It is imperative, you live every day with the certainty, Jesus could come today!
Are you ready?
So, what would you do different today if you knew Jesus was coming?
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