Keep it Simple Series
Two thousand and twenty one years ago Jesus was born into the human race. And during His ministry on Earth, He preached for the world to turn away from our sinful lives and accept Him as Lord and Saviour, so we could become children of God once more, inheriting the kingdom of heaven. And there was an urgency in this call to action: “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,’” [Matthew 4:17]. And the haste and urgency in this call to action, was preceded by John the Baptist, who “came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’” [Matthew 3:1].
So the urgency in the Gospel is apparent from the moment John came to tell us about Jesus, to the moment Jesus came and started preaching to the world. And through the generations that followed, the message has been preached in much the same way; that Jesus will be returning ‘soon’. So we live in hope, wondering throughout our lives if it will happen during our lifetime or after we die. Will it be another fifty years, five hundred years… a thousand maybe? And of course our curiosity often gets the better of us, with some claiming that this pandemic is the tribulation period, the end of the world – the apocalypse… which of course is not true! And we know this is not true for the simple fact that none of the these things will happen before Christ’ return! And Christ has not returned as yet!
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming,” [Matthew 24:36-42 NKJV].
So life will return to normal; the things we love doing, we will do again but it will take a while. And we are an impatient lot; used to doing things our way in our time. This interference from an unseen and extremely deadly enemy is completely out of our control and is not welcome; but the world will heal! Healing exists to counteract the pain that we go through and only Jesus can do this for His world. We would be wise to use this time, not to live in fear but to reflect on life and prepare ourselves for the future. No one can foretell, guess or prophesy when Jesus will return to us, so don’t waste precious time trying to work it out. Just be ready at all times so that you are not caught unaware. When He returns there will be no mistaking that He is here. There will be no pandemic warnings, no natural disaster warnings, no countdown to the arrival and absolutely no prophecies as to the date or time – nothing! This pandemic is not an ‘end of the world’ warning, it is a sign of the time to show that Jesus’ return is indeed approaching.
God alone, knows when He will be sending His Son to return for His bride – the Church. And it will be when the Gospel is preached to all the corners of the Earth and the preparations in heaven are completed and ready for our arrival. “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 14:3].
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