Jesus is coming back Today!
I must admit, I never saw myself posting about the coming of Jesus. Despite my years of Eschatology study a decade ago I still didn’t see it.
I grew up in fundamental churches and went on to more non-denominational churches later in life. I’ve been in Southern Baptist pews and Mega Church padded seats and heard the same message alike, “Jesus is coming! Be Ready!”
My thought was always leaning more towards Jesus saying that no man could predict the time or day of his return. So that was my way of dismissing having to deal with his return.
Many of you have known me or read my writing for a while and know that I stepped away from the church for a long time. I distanced myself and have taken some time in the past away to let God speak for himself. My beliefs are strong and have changed a little bit since those days. However with that said I stay strong in my faith and core beliefs that have stood the test of time and culture.
My mother suddenly collapsed at my house and a week later passed away. Now with her birthday passing and Easter among us, it has made me contemplate the return of Jesus more than ever. I believe it’s vital to this good news we are to proclaim. I believe that Jesus returning is primary to spiritual maturity. So yes, now I am a “Jesus coming back guy”, however I may have to explain what I mean by that.
When is Jesus coming back? Well… he’s that Grieving family at the hospital. That single mother. That man or women in recovery. That unaccepted son or daughter.
I’ve learned to ask not when Jesus is coming back. But what will he look like when I see him.
See because Jesus did often teach about coming back, but his message wasn’t always one of apocalypse, hell and Kirk Cameron. Often he spoke of coming back as a memory. As a person in need, a prisoner, even a widow or orphan.
The writings of Matthew give us a great first hand example from Jesus himself.
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Yes, Jesus taught about coming to him and experiencing him but one of the most prominent ways he spoke of doing that was us being Jesus to those who need it in the way they need.
So, when is Jesus coming back? How bout you decide 🙂