Be Ready for Jesus’ Return, Sermon 06/02/2019

Gen. 7:17-24; Matt. 24:36-44

According to the church calendar, the 7th Sunday serves as a connection between Ascension and Pentecost. The risen Lord met with his disciples before ascending to his Father.  He promised them to send the Spirit giving them power to witness throughout the world. While his disciples were watching Jesus’ ascension, two angels proclaimed to the disciples that one day Jesus would return in the same way he went. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

We, Christians are told that our Lord will come back to judge all people and remove all evil from the world. First

Thessalonians 4:17 says, “We who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” Have you ever wondered what eternity will be like? There is a definition of eternity in the Revelation 21:3-4, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” There will be no death, pain, sorrow or crying where we will live with God forever in heaven. Are you ready for Jesus’ second coming? We must be ready for the end of the world, since we do not know when Jesus returns.

The Scripture says, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Even though we do not know when Jesus will come, we can sense its signs. In the Matt. 24:3-8, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘l am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”

Don’t you think that the coming of Christ is near? Haven’t you seen those signs in the world? Life will be going on as usual on the day that Christ returns. There will be no prior warning. People will be going about their everyday tasks. They will be as surprised by Christ’s return as the people in Noah’s day were by the flood or the people in Lot’s day by the destruction of Sodom. We don’t know the day or the hour of Christ’s return, but we do know he is coming. It may be today or tomorrow or centuries in the future. Whenever it is, we must be ready. We must live as if Jesus were coming today and then we will be ready for his return.

Today’s Scripture says, “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”

Christ’s second coming will be swift and sudden. There will be no opportunity for afterthought, last-minute repentance or bargaining. The choice we have already made will determine our eternal destiny.

What would you like to be doing when Christ returns?

Is that the way you are living each day? We must live as if Jesus were coming today. We must watch and pray that we may not fall into Satan’s trick, while we are waiting for Jesus’ return. Although we are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ comes because Satan is constantly battling against all who are on the Lord’s side. So we must be armed with our faith in Christ. Without our faith, we may fall into Satan’s temptation. Satan always tries to keep us away from the Lord. We never lose our faith suddenly. Faith fades away slowly, if we do not practice our faith day by day.

On the Lord’s day, we have something to celebrate. We celebrate the story of our great redemption in the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

A small boy, when he was in bed for the night, cried out, “Mommy, I’m afraid to be alone in the dark. I want somebody to stay with me” His mother responded, “Don’t be afraid. God is with you.” The little boy then said sadly, “l want somebody with skin on his face.”

Dear friends! Through the church, Christ tries to present himself to our world. Not only did the eternal God reveal himself in human flesh two thousand years ago, but he seeks to express himself tangibly in this present time in the church.

God is with us and reveals himself while we are worshiping him. If we miss church we might miss being with God and might fail to receive God’s blessing.

People who refuse to be part of the church do not have the opportunity to experience the unity, the spiritual energy, and the joy that the Holy Spirit imparts to the body of Christ. Let us keep our faith by practicing it day by day that we may not fall into temptation. We must remain faithful and live with expectation that Christ will return at any time.

Jesus said, “Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: