Anticipating Christ’s Return
August 02, 2023 | Harvest
As believers, the return of Christ is one of the most eagerly anticipated events we look forward to. It is when Jesus will return to earth and take his rightful place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is when all things will be made new, and the world will finally be free from sin and suffering.
The Bible tells us that no one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return, but we can be sure it will happen. Jesus Himself told us to always be ready because He will come like a thief in the night. As Christians, we should live our lives with an attitude of readiness, knowing that at any moment, Jesus could return.
In the book of Revelation, we get a glimpse of what the return of Christ will be like. Heaven will be opened, and Jesus will come riding a white horse, with all the saints following Him. He will be dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His eyes will be like blazing fire. He will come to judge the living and the dead, and His reward will be with Him.
But before the physical return of Christ to earth, the Bible speaks of an event called the Rapture. This is when believers who are still alive will be caught up together with those who have already died in Christ to meet the Lord in the air. This event is described as happening in the twinkling of an eye, and it will happen without warning. Those who are left behind will face the tribulation, a time of great turmoil and suffering on earth. As believers, we do not know when the Rapture will happen, but we should live our lives in a way that pleases God, always ready for that day. We should be praying for loved ones who do not know Jesus, that they too may be saved and be part of the great gathering of believers when Christ returns.
As we look forward to the return of Christ, we should be filled with hope and excitement. We know that Jesus will make all things new when He comes back. The brokenness and pain of this world will be gone, and we will live in perfect harmony with God and with each other. We will finally be able to experience the fullness of joy and peace that only comes from being in the presence of God.
In the meantime, we should be working diligently to share the love of Christ with others. We should be living our lives in a way that reflects the character of Jesus and sharing the gospel with those we meet. We have been given a great responsibility to be ambassadors for Christ, and we should take that responsibility seriously.
As we wait for the return of Christ, let us hold fast to our faith, knowing that our Savior will come back for us. Let us live our lives with an attitude of readiness, always looking forward to the day we will see Jesus face to face. And let us be diligent in sharing the love of Christ with others so that they, too, can experience the joy and peace that comes from knowing Him.