“What if Jesus Came Today?” Part Two

Rev. 22:20 says, “Even so come Lord Jesus.”  The next great event on God’s program is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ back to planet earth.  His coming is sure, it will be selective, and it will be sudden.  How blessed to know that if Jesus came today, we can be ready for Him and not be ashamed at His coming.  It should be our prayer, as it was that of the Apostle John, that Jesus would come very soon. What will happen for the saints of God if Jesus came today?  

  1. Burdens Would Be Eliminated!   Notice the “no mores” in Rev. 21.  Those things listed cause us to at times be burdened down in this life.  A “burden” speaks of a “load” or “something that weighs down and oppresses.”  Pain causes us burdens. Many folks live day and night with excruciating and annoying pain.  Pressures in everyday life, as well, can bring us many heavy loads we never anticipated.
  2. Blessings Will Be Enhanced!   We have many blessings in the here and now but wait until you pass through the pearly white gates of the place called heaven.  Families will be reunited, felicity (happiness) will be reaped when we go up to be with the Lord, and our full revelation of spiritual things will be complete.
  3. Bounty Will Be Enjoyed!   Many of us in this life do not and never will own a mansion down here. Most of us will never have hundreds of pounds of gold and silver in this life, but it will be different in heaven.  Many of us do not have the hours we would love to have to be involved in the things of God with others every day. When Jesus comes, we will be ushered into eternity. We enjoy a lot of bounty now spiritually but wait until we enter into celestial glory!
  4. Beauty Will Be Envisioned!   Look in Rev. 21 and see the beauty of that glorious city.  There will be plenty of light, for Jesus is the Light of that heavenly city.  There will be beautiful stones and transparent gold streets. There will mansions that would make the best homes in America look like a shack.  What beauty there will be when He comes!
  5. The Glorious Redeemer Will Be Emphasized! The Bible tells us the throne of the Lamb is in the midst. Why is that so? God has designed that His Son be high and lifted up for all to see. Would it not be logical and sensible that Jesus throne be in the midst of all of the activity of the heavenly city? 

He May Just Come Today

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field, one will be taken and the other left Two women will be grinding with a hand mill, one will be taken and the other left.   Matt. 24:37-38  (NIV)

Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.    Matt. 24: 42-44  (NIV)

When Jesus disappeared into the heavens, the two men that appeared with him asked,  “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven,” &c.–“as if their now glorified Leader was gone from them never to return: He is coming again; not another, but ‘this same Jesus’; and ‘as ye have seen Him go, in the like manner shall He come’–as personally, as visibly, as gloriously; and let the joyful expectation of this coming swallow up the sorrow of that departure.”

The dead in Christ will be raised. 

1Thess. 4:16  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Note the phrase ‘dead in Christ’.   Paul is talking about those who have accepted Christ as their Savior and then pass away.  For the believer, death is only a passing from this world to be with God. 2 Cor. 5:8 say’s:  “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”  The grave for the believer is not a place of despair…it is a place of hope. When the Lord returns, He will resurrect all those who are the ‘dead in Christ‘.

Living believers will escape death.

1 Thess. 4:17  “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so, shall we ever be with the Lord.” 

  1. Methuselah, the oldest man in the Bible, lived 929 years…but he didn’t escape death. 
  2. Solomon, was the wisest man in the Bible, but he wasn’t smart enough to escape death. 
  3. Samson, was the strongest man in the Bible, but he wasn’t strong enough to escape death. 
  4. Only two people, Elijah and Enoch, were taken to heaven before they died. 
  5. But, the Bible teaches us that those who are alive when Jesus returns at the rapture will be   changed…transformed…without death!

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   1 Cor. 15:51-52  

Unbelievers (Sinners) will be lost forever.

That is a sobering thought…as death finds us, so shall eternity.  Many people joke about dying and then negotiating with St. Peter about entering into heaven.  But the truth is…there will be no hope for those who die without Christ. There will be no hope for those who are unbelievers, when Jesus comes.  And there will be no hope for those who profess to be Christians but still indulge in worldly (sinful) actions and pleasures when Jesus comes.

2 Thess. 2:11-12, “…God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

There will be no second chances for those who have heard the truth and rejected it.  That is why it is so important to place your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  If you have never trusted Christ as your Savior…do not delay! Do it today!
 
 
 
written By: Pastor Ron Huffstetler
 

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