The coming of the Messiah into this world was a truly amazing event. His coming changed our world forever. God literally became flesh and dwelt among us! He taught us His ways. He showed us God’s way. Then by His death, burial, and resurrection, He made a way for us all to be saved from our sins that we might spend eternity with God.
Jesus promised to come again. And the next time He comes will be another amazing, history-changing event. There will be a judgment of our lives as each believer will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. When we meet Him again, we will receive our new bodies and be ushered into a new era of life. Every believer should live with Christ’s second coming in mind. We should do diligence to live in such a way that we might stand before Him in confidence on that day.
“Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. The servants who are ready and waiting for his return will be rewarded. I tell you the truth, he himself will seat them, put on an apron, and serve them as they sit and eat! He may come in the middle of the night or just before dawn. But whenever he comes, he will reward the servants who are ready. “Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”” (Luke 12:35–40, NLT)
Though there are various conflicting views among Christians concerning the exact timing of the Lord’s return, the one thing every serious student of scripture agrees on is we must all be ready.
Are you ready to meet the Lord? Today’s study examines how and why we can have that proper ready attitude.
“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”” (Luke 21:34–36, NLT)Pastor Mike