I wear a watch. Inside, there are dozens of gears, pinions, springs, and screws. I have no idea how it works but it just keeps ticking away. One thing I do know is that it’ll tell me the correct time when I glance down at it a dozen times a day.
We don’t have to master the details and intricacies of how the return of Christ will work. But, we should keep our eyes on the time.
The Apostles’ Creed states that, after His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus “ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.” Christians have believed this biblical truth for 2,000 years. But, that hasn’t stopped believers from repeatedly disassembling and examining God’s Word in order to discover how the Return of Christ will work.
Some seemingly encapsulate their identity inside a particular end-times belief system. They incessantly glance at their wrists, fretting over the concern that everything is according to specifications. Others rarely think about the Second Coming. In fact, they tend to go about their business while their watches collect dust on their dressers.
No matter how much or how little we know about the Second Coming, time keeps marching forward and counting down toward one decisive moment.
What can we know for sure about the Second Coming? Well, we can know what God’s Word teaches about that day. It will happen in a flash. The world will will hear the trumpet and see Jesus coming on the clouds. The dead in Christ will rise followed by those of us who are alive in Christ. We will be given eternal bodies. Together, we will meet Jesus in the air and we will remain with him forever (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
This is such encouraging news!
How should we live in light of these truths? We should make the most of each day (Ephesians 5:15-16). We should be loving, strong, and blameless (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13). We should be full of hope and willing to encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 4:13, 18). We should wait hopefully and patiently (Romans 8:22-25). In a word, we should be found living for Jesus when He returns.
The fact Jesus will return soon should encourage, comfort, and motivate us. Take heart. All of our knowledge about the details will have absolutely zero impact on when the clock ticks down and how the Return of Christ happens. God has it under control. It is my prayer for all of us that we will remain alert and engaged in His service until the day He returns to take us home.