The Lord, just before His crucifixion, told His disciples that He would be leaving them but would return for all those that love Him and await His return. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sin and has gone to prepare a place for us so that we might be with Him where He is. He showed all of us that love Him His care for us with the following words:
“Let not your hearts be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, you may be also” ( John 14:1-3).
His disciples were saddened by the Lord’s words regarding His leaving and the Lord knew that they would miss Him having walked with Him for three and a half years. For this reason, before he left them, the Lord promised them that another Comforter would come to be with them while He was gone. He was speaking of the Holy Spirit Who came on the Day of Pentecost to abide in all those that were believers from that day forward. Jesus said the following regarding the Holy Spirit:
” Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come,, He will guide you into all truth” ( John 16:13).
The Lord has proven His love for us by dying on the cross for our sins, He has shown His care for us by His leaving us a comforter to watch over us, He has promised to come back for us. We don’t know when he will return, but because He has shown His great love and care for us this gives us great hope for His soon return. He also told us that He has great things being prepared for all those that love Him and await His return. The following lyrics from our introductory hymn give us some idea regarding some of the wonderful things that await us:
There’ll be no sorrows there. No more burdens to bear. No more sickness and no more pain. No more parting over there. But forever I will be with the One Who died for me. What a day, glorious day that will be!
It’s been almost 2000 years since the Lord made His promise to return for us. According to the Bible, it could be at any time. All believers down through the years have lived in anticipation of the Lord’s return. The Apostle Paul’s Epistle to Titus expresses the sure hope of all believers:
“Looking for that Blessed Hope, and the glorious appearing of the Great God and our Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
So, we see by this verse it’s called the “Blessed Hope” and all that love Him anxiously await His return. As has been mentioned; We know His return could come at any time, but does the Bible give us any indication on how this will happen? Yes, it does! The Lord has not left us to wonder about it. The Bible tells us exactly how the Lord will come back to take His church out of this world to be with Him. In the following verses from 1 Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul describes this event in detail:
“For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep (believers who have died).
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” ( 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
We have the Lord’s sure promise that He will return for us and that we will be with Him forever. He will come for us before the final judgment that is coming upon a world that has rejected His offer of forgiveness and life eternal. Today, if we hear Him calling out to us with a love that sent him to the cross for our sins, with a promise to provide comfort and direction through the Holy Spirit as we walk out our lives, and has told us that He will return for us so that we will be with Him forever; Shouldn’t His great love and care for us draw us to Him in repentance and faith. He has proven His love for us and it is not His will that any should perish. His coming will be “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” and we will be changed as the following verses tell us:
“Behold I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption (Divine Nature), and this mortal shall put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:51,54).
The Lord has gone to prepare a place for us and will return to take us to be with Him for eternity. Our mortal bodies will be changed to glorified bodies with no sin nature and with death defeated. What a truly glorious day that will be when my Jesus I will see !!!
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