By Steven J. Hogan
~ A Saturday Morning Post #4 ~
Imagine a good friend or a close relative or your dear child coming to visit you. Wouldn’t you be happy and excited and looking forward to seeing him? Wouldn’t you be getting ready – cleaning the house, fixing up their bedroom, and figuring out what meals to have? And wouldn’t there be this joyful anticipation, where every single day you’d be thinking about his coming, until finally he arrives?
Now imagine God coming to visit you. Wouldn’t you be happy and excited and looking forward to seeing Him?? And wouldn’t you be getting ready for His arrival? I hope you’d say yes. And the truth is, God is coming!!!
Jesus Christ is coming back to earth! Jesus Christ is God and man, and He’s coming back, and He’s not just paying a visit, He’s coming to stay. Over 20 times in the New Testament we read about the coming of Christ; and this word “coming” means “arrival and continued presence.” You see, Jesus Christ came the first time about 2000 years ago and He only stayed for 33 years, and then He went back home to heaven. But this time He will arrive and stay for good. Let me explain why this is so, so important.
Jesus Christ is the Savior! Christ died for our sins and rose again, enabling us to be forgiven and to receive eternal life. If you have repented of your sins, and trusted in Christ to save you, to forgive you, then He’s your Savior. And then you learn how much He loves you, and so much more than anyone else. Then you learn that He’s coming back to rapture you and take you to heaven. I can’t tell you how important it is that you realize how greatly and passionately Christ loves you, and that He can’t wait to see you. Might your soul be charged up by His amazing love for you, so that you love Him, and are looking forward to His return, His coming for you.
Jesus Christ is the Judge! Yes, here comes the Judge, but this is no laughin’ matter. There is nothing more serious than this, for after Christ raptures the Christians, then He will judge the unbelievers who remain on earth, and it will be one holy devastation. This is the wrath of God, the Day of the Lord, a judgment of fire, a time when Christ will perfectly judge this earth and the people on it. Check it out yourself by reading about the Trumpet and Bowl judgments spoken of in Revelation 8-9, 16.
Jesus Christ is the Redeemer! God repeatedly promised that He would redeem a remnant of Jews, and finally, at the very end of Daniel’s 70th week, this will be fulfilled. Then the Jews, along with all the other believers, will begin to reign with Christ over this world. And by the way, we know we are in the end times because the Jews have been regathering to their land for over 100 years now, and for good reason, for this redemption of this remnant of Jews. Romans 11:25-27
Jesus Christ is the King! As you well know, we do not have peace in this world. Throughout the years many rulers have tried to bring peace, but they’ve all failed. Only Christ can do this and only Christ will do this. After the rapture and the wrath, then there’s the reign of Christ for 1000 years; and as glorified believers, we will reign with Him. I must say, I am really looking forward to this millennial kingdom, and finally seeing justice, peace and real joy over the entire earth. Psalm 67
Jesus Christ, the Savior, Judge, Redeemer and King, is literally coming back to this earth! This is the truth. This is not folly, fiction or fake news – this is what God has told us again and again in His Word. And this is God’s Word, not man’s word, and you need to believe it and be convinced of it. This coming of Christ may take place in your lifetime, and if not in your lifetime, then I personally believe sometime in your children’s or grandchildren’s lifetime. Do you understand how amazing, how wonderful, how dramatic, how climactic, how revolutionary, how exciting, how earth shaking, how earth changing, how life changing, how age changing, how devil defeating, and how God glorifying this will be??
One more thing. In the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming soon.” Revelation 22:7, 12, 20. And He repeats Himself three times. Why? Because He’s trying to wake you up, and alert you to the fact that He is soon returning to earth. He wants you to know that He is super excited about coming back to be with you, and He wants you to be super excited about being with Him, and with great joy and great depth of emotion say, “COME, LORD JESUS!”