The Bible promises that that Christ Jesus will return from heaven to the earth at some point in the future. When speaking about this, a sense of urgency is often present. As believers we are instructed that Jesus can return at any moment, therefore we should be ready and looking for him to return.
There are over 2 times as many verses in the Bible about our Lord’s second coming as there are about his first. Since his first coming obviously happened, there is no doubt he will return in due time. Nothing whatsoever can prevent it from happening. Here are a few verses to remind you about what God says bout Christ’s return.
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:37 For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay.
James 5:7-9 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Revelation 22:12-13 - And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Did you catch the sense of urgency? Well, it’s been nearly 2000 years since the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and he still has not returned. Many people, including entire major denominations have given up on our Lord’s return and don’t even teach it any more. How sad is that? They changed the teaching of the word and teach Christ will return only when the earth has been perfected for him to return.
The fact is the earth will never ever be purified unless and until he does physically return. That’s a no-brainer. The Bible says things will continue to get worse and worse down here on planet earth until Christ comes to save us from our own destruction. Here’s the proof:
Matthew 24:22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
If your denomination teaches we have to perfect either the church or the world to pave the way for Christ to return, I suggest you find a different church or fellowship. What else could I say about it? Are you a Christian in name only or in substance? The Bible says Christ is the truth. Do you stand for truth or not? If you say you are Christian then it’s your obligation to stand for truth and to expose error. What a difference we would make in this world if even a third of those who claim to be Christian actually knew and stood on the Word of God against all opposition. What a difference that would make in our cultures of the world. What an impact it would make.
3 Things to Do While You Wait for Christ’s Return
Waiting for Christ’s return is not a passive event. The term ‘wait’ is interesting in itself. What do the people who serve you in a restaurant do? They ‘wait’ on you! That’s what we are supposed to be doing as we wait for Christ’s return! Waite!
1) Grow in Grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ
II Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
There is so much room to grow — there is so much to learn about our Lord Jesus Christ and God’s Plan from the Bible that it is inexhaustible. Never think you know it all or even that you ‘know enough’ to get by. Keep learning, keep growing. Never rest on your laurels. ”Laurels?” What are those! I don’t think I have any! Nay, I stand on the Word of God not anyone’s laurels!
Notice it is in ‘grace’ we grow, not ‘law.’ Quit judging your brothers and sisters (including husbands and wives) in the body of Christ and start edifying them instead.
2) Serve Others in the Body of Christ
Waiting is serving. Before we serve the world we need to serve each other, to build each other up and help each other grow and be our best for our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m not talking about brow-beating, demanding, nagging or any of these negative motivational techniques. I’m talking about love. Love is the strongest motivator in existence. Love each other in the body of Christ and give to one another as you are able. See the example of the early church, early in the book of Acts (go ahead and read the first 4 chapters of Acts to find out!).
Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
3) Serve the World the Riches of the Bread of Life
The body of Christ, the Christian church, is not a closed society. It’s open to anyone who wants to come in by invitation of the Master, our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said he would draw “all men” to himself. He does that in this period of time through the members of his body. That’s you and me! What a privilege it is to serve the living God and our Lord Jesus Christ by serving God’s Word to others in love! God so loved the world that he gave… so should we for we are representatives of the most High God and of His Christ.
Philippians 2:14-16a Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
as you hold firmly to the word of life.
Both an exhortation and promise is given in these verses from Philippians! You can shine forth as stars holding forth the word of life! How awesome is that! How will they hear unless someone speaks to them? If we who know the truth shut our mouths when we have opportunity to speak, who will hold forth God’s Word? Only we who know it and believe it can tackle that responsibility. Our Lord will reward each and every person who serves the truth in love when he returns.
If you do these things then I’m sure you will not come behind in any gift as you wait for our Lord Jesus from heaven.
Don’t Get Tired of Waiting!
You have no doubt met those who think Jesus will never return. They got tired of waiting I guess! Here’s what the Bible says about that:
2 Peter 3:3-17 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.
He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Notice that we’ve been brought back around to my first suggestion of what to do while you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to return! Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! Now you see, that wasn’t my suggestion at all! It was God’s! Praise God!
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
I’ll see you soon — here, there or “in the air” when our Lord Jesus Christ returns!