Jesus promised that He is coming back, and we are to comfort one another with these words. We’re not to wait in terror, because as believers we have the hope of the coming again of Christ.
When Jesus was getting ready to go back to the Father, some of the disciples and His friends from Galilee were watching and waiting. Two angels said, “Why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). That is God’s promise to you and me.
It has been 2,000 years since then. Why hasn’t He come? The disciples asked the same thing, and Jesus said, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority” (Acts 1:7). He also said, “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
Don’t guess or speculate. We don’t know. It may be a thousand years from now, or it may be tomorrow.
Regardless, the end of the world is coming for you the moment you die, and that could be at any time for any of us. We never know. What have you done to prepare for that moment when your heart stops beating?
How will Christ come? “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
If that happens today, are you ready? God said, “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). The Bible says, “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). We’re going to go as believers and meet Him.
A man came forward at a meeting and gave his life to Christ. Then he said, “Now I’m ready to meet God.”
Another man, who had been in jail, attended a Crusade, and he went forward to receive Christ as his Savior. Now the man has been given new life in Christ, and he said, “I’m a totally different man.” And he is.
God is giving you the same opportunity that He gave to that man. The Bible says, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). You need to make a commitment to Christ today. This is your moment with God.
I’m going to ask you to open your heart and say, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart.”
You ask, “What do I have to do?”
First, you have to be willing to repent of your sins. You may not have the strength to change your way of living. Repentance means that you say to God, “I have sinned. I am sorry for my sin. I am willing to change my way of living. But You have to help me change: I can’t do it alone.”
You need to make a commitment to Jesus Christ, and let Him come into your heart. I’m going to ask you to do that.
Second, you come by faith. What does faith mean? Faith means that you put your trust in Him and say, “Lord, I give myself to You.”
You may have been baptized, you may have been confirmed, you may be a member of a church, you may be a good person, you may help other people. You may do all the good that you can think of, but all of that isn’t enough. You must come in childlike faith to Jesus, who died on the cross for you, who rose again, who is waiting for you to make that commitment. Do it today.