A Future We Can Be Certain Of – Part 1
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36 NIV)
The future is for the most part unknown, but there are some things that God tells us about the future, that we can absolutely take to the bank. The Bible teaches us from the beginning to the end, not just about the first coming of the Messiah to die for our sins and rise again as the firstborn from the dead, but also about his second coming. Jesus is coming again, not as Savior this time, but as Judge of the living and the dead. The Bible tells us that his coming will be visible, for every eye will see him. He will not be a different Jesus, but the one and only Jesus—the one who has the nail marks in his hands, coming back in a glorified body in a way we can’t imagine.
We don’t have many details about that coming, but some things Jesus did tell us. He said, for example, that no human being knows the day or hour when he’s coming again. Down through church history, teachers and leaders have gotten tripped up as they tried to come up with an exact day when Jesus would appear. Some groups to this day still try to predict when Jesus will return. But Jesus said that not even the angels know. Only the Father knows that day. The Bible also says that he’s coming like a thief in the night—that is, suddenly and without warning. Because that day is unknown, we also don’t know when he will not come. This is an admonition for the church to get ready for his coming.
Jesus said that the time of his coming would be as in the days of Noah, when people were eating and drinking and getting married. In other words, life was going on and no one dreamed that what was going to happen would indeed happen. Noah was openly mocked as he built his ark, for there was no sign of rain; there were no portents in the sky. No one was at the edge of their seat wondering if judgment was going to come. And when the rains came, you were either in the ark or you were out. Those that survived did so because they were in the ark; and the ones who perished, perished because they were out. There was no one on the fence.
There may be someone reading this who has not yet come to Christ. You’ve heard preachers, but you haven’t asked Jesus to forgive you and cleanse you of your sins with the precious blood he shed on the cross for you and me. You think you’re sitting on the fence—half in the world and half for Jesus. But the Bible says that no man can serve two masters. Right now, God is fighting to get your attention, because he doesn’t want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to the knowledge of salvation. Perhaps you go to church, but you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. What is church going to do for you? When Christ comes and you show your church membership card, or you say, “My parents went to church,” or “I read the Bible,” or “I was dedicated as a baby,” do you think that’s going to mean anything? You’ve got to close the deal with Jesus! If you haven’t done so, why don’t you ask him to come into your heart today?
To be continued…