And What A Glorious Day That Will Be!!
“I (Jesus) go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself” (John 14:2,3).
Jesus spoke these words to His beloved disciples just before His crucifixion. They were certainly words of encouragement for them, and they are words of encouragement for us. Jesus, in this verse, was speaking of the rapture of the church which would result in all believers that have passed from this life and those living at the time of His coming being caught up to be with the Lord. So, the Lord made it clear before He left that He would return and that He would take all His own to be with Him where He is. After the crucifixion and resurrection, as He was being taken up into Heaven; the Lord sent angels to remind and comfort His followers once again as the following verses tell us:
“And when He had spoken these things (final instructions to His followers), while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men (actually angels) stood by them in white apparel; which also said, you men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you to Heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).
The Lord had paid the price for our sin on the cross and was now being taken up into Heaven. The Bible said that his followers stared after Him as He departed. What must their thoughts have been at the sight of Jesus leaving them after being with Him for three and a half years. The Lord had told them that He would not leave them “comfortless” but would send the Holy Spirit in a new way to help them and Who would live in them. They knew this and were comforted by it, but I’m sure they were saddened to see the Lord depart from them after being with Him for so long. The two angels standing with them as Jesus departed were sent by the Lord to remind them of His promise that He was going to prepare a place for them and would return. This must have been a great comfort to His followers.
We don’t know when the Lord will return for His church: it could be at any moment. The Bible does not point to any event that must take place before He comes. Actually, He is coming twice. He is coming first for His church in the Rapture and He will come finally at the end of the Great Tribulation in what’s called The Second Coming. The Rapture will happen without warning. The following verses tell us what will take place at the rapture of the church:
“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 will 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 4:16,17).
We are told in 1 Corinthians that the Rapture will take place in the “twinkling of an eye” at the last trump which speaks of the closing of the church age. Yes, at that time, we will see Jesus and be with Him forever. We are also told that at that time that “the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” This speaks of us receiving our glorified bodies. What will it be like to see Jesus in our glorified bodies? The following verse gives us some answers to that question:
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).
The Lord is returning for us and it could be any day. We have great things to look forward to when He does return. the Apostle Paul in the Epistle to Titus calls it “Our blessed hope” which is a sure hope of what is to come. Yes, we shall see Jesus and it will be glorious! What a day that will be! There is no better promise than this as the following words of a song written by Diane Wilkinson exclaim:
We Shall See Jesus
Once on a hillside, people were gathered for Jesus had risen and soon would ascend. Then, as He blessed them, He rose to the heavens and gave them His promise to come back again.
We shall see Jesus, just as they saw Him. There is no greater promise than this. When He returns in power and glory. We shall see Jesus, we shall see Jesus, just as He is!
We Shall See Jesus – Composed by Diane Wilkinson
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