“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. “Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. “So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and 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.
~ Matthew 24:37-42 (NLT)
Here in the Northeast we are digging out from under 2’ of snow, compliments of Winter Storm Stella. With modern technology, we are blessed to be given advanced warning of such weather events, allowing us time to prepare.
Sunday afternoon, I, along with hundreds of others, filled the grocery stores to stock up on the essentials- bread, milk, water, batteries, non-perishable food items, and chocolate. Ask any woman. Chocolate is most definitely an “essential,” especially if trapped in the house for a few days.
When I got home, my son, Eric, and I gathered all the blankets and flashlights, just in case the blizzard conditions knocked out power. Then, with cell phones and laptops charged, we hunkered down for the storm. We were ready.
Preparation is a great thing, especially when you know exactly how much time you have. The Bible is clear that no one, except the Father, knows the day or the hour that Jesus will return. Even Jesus, Himself, does not know. (Matthew 24:36 NLT)
The Bible does, however, tell us that we will recognize the season of His return. (Matthew 24:32-33) Most Bible believing Christians agree that we are in that season.
Jesus could return as you are reading this blog post. He could return tomorrow or next month or 100 years from now. The point is, we do not know the day or the hour, but He is coming back!
I, for one, cannot wait for that glorious day! To be united with Him for eternity and reunited with my Christian brothers and sisters who have gone before me. Some people think I’m crazy to feel that way, but the reason I can, is because I’m prepared. Just as Stella didn’t ruffle my feathers because I was prepared, I await the return of Jesus with great anticipation…because I am prepared.
So, how does one prepare for the return of Jesus? The first step is to accept His free gift of Salvation. We cannot earn Heaven no matter how good we are by earthly standards. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT) Don’t wait until everything in your life is perfect or until you get your act together, because that day will never arrive. Come as you are! (See On the Fence)
Once you accept Jesus as your Savior, make it a priority to spend time with Him daily. Talk to Him throughout your day; share with Him the good and the bad. Get into The Word and learn Who He is and how He wants us to live. Spend time in fellowship with other Christians. Attend a good Bible teaching church. Share the Good News with others. To put it simply…make Him the Lord of your life.
Your choice to follow Jesus is the single most important decision you will ever make. Just as Winter Storm Stella was forecast as a “sure thing,” Jesus IS going to return someday.
Will you be ready?