The doctrine of the second coming of Christ is a vital part of the Gospel. Every element regarding the second coming of Christ in the Bible will be fulfilled. Therefore, anyone who denies, obscures, intentionally misinterprets, or abandons the Truth of the second coming of Christ will be severely judged.
We are not to go about our lives as though Jesus’ return has no bearing on how we live today.
Let everything you do be motivated by the knowledge that Jesus will return, possibly one day very soon. Be sure you’re living in a state of preparedness so you will not be caught by surprise when He comes. Jesus said, “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning” (Luke 12:35). A good servant is ready and waiting so that when his master returns, he is prepared.
To be dressed is to be ready emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. We are not to go about our lives as though Jesus’ return has no bearing on how we live today, but neither are we to sell everything we have and go wait on a mountaintop for His coming. He wants us to be living in anticipation of His return. To have our lamps burning is to let the light of Christ shine forth from our lives. We are to be witnesses, alert and not asleep, understanding the times.
Jesus also warns those who are unprepared for His coming. He says His appearance will be a like the arrival of a thief in the night. These are the people who are too busy building their nest egg here on earth, too distracted by their responsibilities, too concerned about what others think of them. They have no time for Jesus.
But for those who love the Lord and are waiting for His return—for them, His coming will be like the joyful culmination of labor that brings a baby to the arms of his mother. Unspeakable joy and overwhelming gratitude belong to the believer who is looking for Jesus’ return. The faithful will rejoice at the sight of the Lord’s coming because great will be their reward!
Prayer: Jesus, I want to be ready for Your return. May I anticipate Your coming by living for You each day, sharing the hope of salvation with all You put in my path to hear a word of Truth about You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Luke 12:40).