The Day of the Lord!
Today lets consider the implications of Christ Jesus returning to claim His Bride. I think in many ways we tend to celebrate this a bit too joyously.
It is true, this is the culmination of the plan which was forged before the foundations of the universe, and there will be unrestrained joy and celebration for the those who abide in Him. But there is sorrow, doubt and death for those who do not.
This means for us the Disciples of Jesus, now is not the time to have a party. Now is the time for us to be about our Fathers business.
Note from Kip…
We as believers envision the coming of the Lord as the point where war is over and has destroyed the enemy.
It doesn’t matter if we find our understanding of the end times pre, post, mid-trip, or any other variation. The Day of the Lord is a point of unfathomable joy for those in Christ, but it is a point of unfathomable despair for those who have chosen not to accept the blessing of Grace through the blood of the Messiah.
Woe to you who long for the day of the Lord! What will the day of the Lord be for you?
It will be darkness and not light.
It will be like a man who flees from a lion only to have a bear confront him.
He goes home and rests his hand against the wall only to have a snake bite him.
Won’t the day of the Lord be darkness rather than light, even gloom without any brightness in it?
Amos 5:18-20 (CSB)
It’s a bit cold
It is a bit cold for us to revel in anticipation for the coming of the Lord. If we are His, then yes that will be a glorious day. But it is equally as uncaring and not in keeping with the teachings of our Lord to do so without any concern for those who will be on the receiving end of God’s wrath at that point in time.
Those left outside the opportunity of Grace to absolve themselves of their debt of sin through the sacrifice of Jesus. For these, the Day of the Lord is a terrible and frightening nemesis that looms before them each and every day.
A dark day!
What’s a Disciple to do?
The Day of the Lord is glorious and yes we have every right and perhaps duty to hold it in the greatest of esteem, but with that recognition we also have a responsibility to the Gospel and the lost.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 (CSB)
If God doesn’t want any to perish, why are we not more concerned about those who will be consumed in the final destruction of this world. Instead we find ourself savoring the afterparty that God has waiting for us?
There is only one way to square this. That is if we do all in our power and ability to be obedient to our Master and do exactly what He calls each and every one of us to as His.
Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (CSB)
Remember, I am with you always, the entire accumulation of days between this point and forward, to the end of time.
That’s a fairly accurate paraphrase of what the final sentence in this passage says.
The term ‘end of the age’ speaks for the period or accumulation of days. He’s saying that while He’s physically ascending to His throne to be with the Father, He is in fact remaining with us, in us. We never are apart from Him.
So when He tells us to go, make disciples, not limiting our efforts to any nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything He’s commanded; this isn’t a fly over passage.
And by the way, remember, I’m here with you constantly!
How selfish and self-absorbed we are to withhold the Gospel from those who are lost! Knowing full well what the outcome is if they do not respond to the call.
For this reason, we must pay attention all the more to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?
Hebrews 2:1-3 (CSB)
‘But wait I’m not that guy! I responded to the message of the Gospel and I’m good. I’m save. I am safe and secure.’
It would appear that we totally forgot the words of the Master calling us to obedience and to service.
If you love me you will obey my commands.
if you love me, feed my sheep.
I have all authority, now make disciples.
He calls us to:
Repent, not be troubled, follow Him, rejoice, let our light shine for all the world to see, obey and revel in God’s law, be reconciled, don’t be an adulterator, do what you say, go the second mile, love your enemies, lay up treasures in heaven, seek the Kingdom of God, judge not, don’t feed pigs your pearls, ask, seek, knock, do unto others as we would choose to have done to us, choose the narrow way, beware of false prophets, pray, fear God, honor your parents, beware false teaching, deny yourself, forgive others, not to covet, honor marriage, be a servant, pray constantly, love the Lord, love your neighbor, await His return, celebrate the Lord’s supper, feed His sheep, make disciples, teach disciples to obey, receive His power.
There is more to be sure, as this only skins the surface but no matter where you look, what you will not find is Jesus telling us to ‘hang out here while I go setup a place for you, then I’ll circle back and pick you up!‘
He calls us to service, to be His Disciples, and to spread the Good News and not rest on our laurels. He’s got a rest prepared for us, but right now we have work to do!
Work that lives depend on. Dependent on the message of the Gospel, to allow them to escape the Day of the Lord, to be among those who celebrate the return of the King.
It’s sobering the responsibility we so easily neglect.
The Day of the Lord is coming, and there is a lost world out there, that need the light within us to show them the way to their redeemer!