Have you ever received a letter, a phone call, an email or a text from someone you hadn’t seen in awhile and they told you they were coming to visit? It’s with great anticipation that we count the days until we can welcome them into our home and wrap our arms around their neck. Family reunions are like that. And so are the times we get to spend with family during the holidays. They are exciting times and we look forward to them. On the other hand, has someone ever dropped in on you unexpectedly? Without your knowledge they were coming? And they decided to stay for a few days? That will really rock your world, won’t it?
That happened to Beth and me once when we lived in Berea, Kentucky. A good friend of mine showed up on our doorstep, with his new wife at about 11 at night. We were not expecting him (them) but we did our very best to make them feel right at home. In the morning, after breakfast, they left and we breathed a sigh of relief. As much as I liked my friend, I did not know they were coming and it put us in an awkward situation.
Think about both of those scenarios. The first, we knew that friends or family were coming to our house. We had a pretty good idea when they were coming and what time they would be there. We were ready for them because we had stocked up on groceries and had prepared our home for them. The second scenario we had no idea they were coming and it was late when they showed up. We were caught off guard with no preparation for their stay.
Did you know, that one of these days, Jesus is going to return in the clouds and He is going to call His people (those that have accepted Him as their Savior and trust Him for salvation) to meet Him in the air and then all of us are going to go into Heaven with Him to reside forever? I know that sounds a little far fetched, but if you believe the Bible, then this event is going to happen and it might happen pretty soon.
Most all scholars today are talking about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and that is will be in our lifetime. Ann Graham Lotz, the daughter of Evangelist Billy Graham and Franklin Graham, his son, are both teaching that the Second Coming could be at any moment. Other Bible scholars like David Jeremiah, Grant Jeffrey, Greg Laurie and Dr. R. Abert Mohler Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky all are teaching about the Second Coming of Jesus taking place soon.
Why? Because everything the Bible says must take place before Jesus returns has taken place. Even the priests in Jerusalem are building the Temple furniture for the New Temple and the Red Heifer has been born. (Numbers 19). Israel has been declared a state and Jesus said, “This generation shall not pass away after the fig tree blooms, before the Second Coming of the Son of Man.” That prophecy was fulfilled in 1948. Now … no one knows the day or the hour, but if you look around at world events, things are shaping up really quickly for the ushering in of Jesus return. It could be very soon.
What does this mean to us? As a Christian (born again, accepted Jesus as Savior, received the gift of eternal life and trusting Christ only for salvation) when the trumpet sounds, we are out of here. Plain and simple we will be gone. For someone who is not a Christian, they will be left behind. Then, the only way to be able to spend your eternity in Heaven is accepting Christ as your Savior and probably being a martyr for your faith. Not a pretty picture, for sure.
So, why not ask Jesus to save you right now, and when He comes, you will be ready. If you’d like to talk to me about how to be saved, I’d be more than glad to talk with you. Please call the church phone, leave a message and I will get back with you. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please give it your most serious consideration.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at email@example.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.