Second Coming and Right Living
The truth about the Second Coming of Jesus is such a vast subject, the intricate details mentioned in the Bible is so vast that it would take a whole book to cover some of what the bible teaches. The purpose of this blog is to warn us of the certainty of Christ’s second coming and share some basic facts to encourage us how to prepare for it. We read in Acts 1:10-11 that when Jesus returned to heaven the Angels told the disciples that Jesus would return the same way that He left. Jesus said in John 14:3 “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”. We know that Jesus has returned to the Father and will certainly return to take us who are alive back to heaven with Him. Jesus taught His disciples about end times in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, and the apostles also wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, and 2 Peter 3:9-13. I want to now take a few scriptures to challenge us about the Second Coming of Jesus, and these scriptures are in no special order. Also when you read what Jesus said it is not hard to conclude that His return is not far away. Jesus said in Matthew 24:12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold”. There has never been such crime and murder worldwide and it seems to be getting worse. I used to wonder how could people’s faith grow cold but due to the COVID lockdown in 2020 churches worldwide have seen in general a loss of about 40% in church attendance. I now know understand how it is possible to substitute church attendance with a personal relationship with Jesus and when that happens it is easy to fall away. Jesus taught in Like 18:8 “Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth”. In this season I have chosen to press harder into the Lord and find pleasure in His presence. Jesus also taught in Luke 21:26 “Men’s heart failing them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth”. With millions still dying worldwide from the pandemic, the way the media reports the situation only instills fear in the population. While at times there is a glimmer of hope it is quickly snuffed out by biased reporting. In Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus taught the parable of the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins. The 5 foolish virgins did not go to the wedding feast because they did not have enough oil to keep their lamps burning. Verse 13 says: “Watch therefore, for you do not know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man is coming”. The apostle Paul gives an insight into Christ’s Second Coming in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 with the key verse V18 which says: “Therefore comfort one another with these words”. The message of the second coming should always bring comfort to us, if it doesn’t it is being given with a wrong spirit. Finally, it is important to look at what Peter says in 2Peter 3:13 with verse 11 saying: “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in Holy conduct and Godliness”. Understand the nearness of Christ’s second coming should remind us to live Godly lives. Hebrews 12:14 say: “Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”.