“Even so, Come Lord Jesus!”
This is how the Book of Revelation ends. We are looking forward to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the Lost Doctrine of the Church. It was rare to hear a sermon about the Second Coming until early in the 19th century.
How strange when the greeting amongst early Christians had been MARANATHA: “The Lord Is Coming!”
And yet, though rarely preached about, the blessed hope of the Second Coming has been a key point of the creed for generations:
He (Jesus) ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
God keeps His promises! Jesus said that if He went away, He would come again! ( Jn 14:28)
First of all, In the light of His soon return, we can be Comforted!
As the disciples looked up, seeing Him ascend, they must have felt so sad to see Him go. BUT the angels assured them that this same Jesus would come again, just as they saw Him go. And Paul, speaking about the Second Coming in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, says “be comforted with these words!”
Next, as we think of Christ’s return, we must be Ready!
That’s the message about the foolish virgins: they weren’t ready! (Matthew 25). Now is not a time to be foolish!
These virgins had no oil for their lamps. Oil is a type of the Holy Spirit. The lamp we must be guided by is the Word of God. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet!” God speaks through the word. It is HIS WORD. He communicates via the Word of God.
Holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the Scriptures (2 Peter 2:21). “Thus saith the LORD!” is written more than 400 times in the Bible! All Scripture given by inspiration of God.
We must be able to read the SIGNS of the TIMES. Jesus told the Pharisees: “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
The Bible warns us to BE READY: He is coming as a thief in the night! “In an hour when ye think NOT!”
And finally, in the light of His soon appearing, we should be Busy! Look at Matthew 25:14-30. This is the Parable of the Talents. The “nobleman” goes to a distant land to receive a kingdom. He tells his servants to be busy, or in biblical terms: “Occupy until I come!”
Jesus is coming soon. We can be Comforted! We should be Ready! We must be Busy!