10.19.2014. Our Lord's Return. By Deacon Bruce McElrath.

Our Lord’s Return

Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus said, “I am coming quickly.” Since then, some have wrongly tried to predict when He will return. Others have mocked. Was Jesus wrong? Did something happen that He didn’t foresee?

Of course not! We view time from the perspective of our own brief life span. But to the eternal God, “One day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (Pet. 3:8).

Jesus told His disciples that God had not given them specific information about “times or seasons” (Acts 1:7). He wanted them – as He wants us – to live in an attitude of expectation. Paul echoed this when he spoke of Jesus’ return as “the blessed hope” (Ti. 2:13).

But how do we live expectantly? Jesus instructed the disciples to be witnesses to all the world (Acts 1:8). Paul said, “Watch and be sober” (1Th. 5:6) and love other believers (vv.12-15). John urged us to walk in close fellowship with Jesus (1 Jn. 2:28-3:3) and to purify ourselves so that we will “not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (2:28).

The Lord’s any-moment return is no cause for date-setting but for watchful expectation. Let’s serve Him in every aspect of our lives, and one day we’ll hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Mt. 25:21).

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