Here He Comes!
Remember the last time?
April 15th, 2019
Do you remember the last time he came to be among us? It caused quite a stir. How ironic it was that the one sent by God to save a dying world and was foretold in literally hundreds of prophecies fulfilled by Him and yet, the most elite of the Hebrew people for whom the Messiah was promised, did not recognize who He was.
Yet, He did come. He lived among us. He died for us so that we might have a new life, a life eternal. Given to us free on only one condition, trusting Him with our lives.
This week we celebrate the triumphal entry.
As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Luke 19:37-38 (ESV)
Sadly, this throng of people thought they were ushering in a new king to rescue them from the Roman occupation. The only kingdom Jesus was intent on setting up was to exist in the hearts and minds of His disciples. The ones he came to redeem. The ones he would ultimately leave us behind to do His will until when he would return to take them home and establish that rule the Jews were looking for over two thousand years ago. One that will exist in a new heaven and a new earth.
Wheat from the chaff
We are seeing dynamics changing within what is thought of as the Christ’s Church. There have been numerous revivals though the ensuing years since the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.
His church has grown; spreading to the far reaches of the earth. His Gospel has been hijacked and manipulated for political and financial greed. But despite attacks and diversions by devious forces, His Word survived and prospered.
To the point where it actually became socially fashionable to be considered a follower of the ‘man from Galilee’. Actually, in certain circles it still is considered a credit to one’s character to be associated with Jesus, but that is changing rapidly.
I can’t say worldwide this is happening because I can’t get a good feel for the prevailing change across the globe, but here in the USA there clearly is a considerable and growing in tolerance for the faithful practice of those who are disciples of Jesus Christ.
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if any day that these devotional blogs will be prohibited from being mentioned on social media. Not far after that the distribution of such content be driven underground.
If you are to ask progressives regarding our right to speech in relation to our faith, many will make it clear that they would prefer that we only speak about such things inside the walls of our churches at designated times of the week. Some go as far as considering the teaching of our children the story of salvation a form of child abuse.
There has been a faux pas Christian Church intermixed with the true Christian Church for many years. The false one is growing stronger in intensity and drawing more and more into their deception. They are the chaff intermingled with the wheat.
John the Baptist was recorded to have said this regarding, Jesus and the separation of the chaff from Christ’s real harvest.
John answered them all, “I baptize you with water, but One is coming who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing shovel, is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and gather the wheat into His barn, but the chaff He will burn up with a fire that never goes out.”
Luke 3:16-17 (HCSB)
This separation of the chaff is happening right now. The faux pas church is being identified clearer as the true church is falling under increased scrutiny and persecution. Simultaneously, the faux pas church is conforming to the world and avoiding this persecution.
Here He comes
Two thousand years have passed since He ascended into heaven. All the predictions have been fulfilled to alert us that his return is eminent. It very well could take place before I’ve completed this article and published it to the website. The signs are everywhere and abound. The intensity of those signs are becoming more evident with each passing day.
Now concerning that day and hour no one knows — neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son — except the Father only. As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah boarded the ark. They didn’t know until the flood came and swept them all away. So this is the way the coming of the Son of Man will be.
Matthew 24:36-39 (HCSB)
Anyone that will attempt to tell you they know the day and/or hour of the Lord’s return is a fool or a liar. When scripture tells us He comes as a thief in the night, means that Jesus intends on arriving unannounced.
If you know anything about Jesus, you know He will accomplish His will regardless of the obstacles.
I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.
Isaiah 46:10 (HCSB)
We as disciples should be both excited at this prospect and terrified at the same time.
We should be excited because this is the culminating event to all of creation! Undoubtedly, when we are in our heavenly home, we will witness things that will amaze us regularly. We will not be bored nor suffer from a lack of stimulation. No matter how good we think we might live now, living then will blow that concept out of our minds.
We should be terrified at the same time, because there are souls we need to reach before it is eternally too late for them to accept Jesus as Lord of their lives. If we fail, they face eternity separated from all that is good.
I’ve mentioned several times over the last year the only reason I believe we remain here is to be the messengers of the Gospel to the lost world around us. We are that light piercing the darkness. Jesus sees us as His priests administering his message to everyone.
Every single person we do not share the Gospel with may soon burn as chaff in hell for eternity if we don’t share with them. We can’t take the risk that if we don’t someone else will. Devine appointments are everywhere.
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 28:19-20 (HCSB)
Our responsibility. Not the pastors, or some evangelist; we are directed to spread the Gospel and make disciples. Then teach those disciples what we have learned from Jesus, so they are equipped to seek others to share the Gospel and make even more disciples.
He told them: “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.”
Luke 10:2a (HCSB)
The task is at hand and the time of the Master’s return is eminent. Our opportunity to do what we are called to do is limited, and the task is great. “Here He comes!” Will you be found resting or will he find you about His business?
In the Grace of Jesus!
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