Come, Lord Jesus
You finally schedule a repairman to come to the house. They say they will arrive sometime after 3 today or tomorrow. Which is it going to be? Will they be here tomorrow or the next day? Should I clean the house now, or do I have time to clean later? Do I have time to go to the store today, or will they be here any minute?
Jesus will return (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4;16-18; John 14:1-4). However, we do not know when we should expect him (Mark 13:31-32). Therefore, we must be prepared (Matthew 24:42-44). John’s Revelation concludes with the beginning of eternity with God. Jesus invites us to his home and the invitation helps the Christian prepare to invite Christ’s return.
I. Jesus’ return will not allow for last second decisions–Revelation 22:10-11.
A. Daniel was told to “shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4). Jesus return is increasingly eminent. So we must be ready.
B. 1 Corinthians 15:52 says that we shall all be changed, “in the twinkling of an eye.”
C. Jesus return is increasingly eminent. So we must be ready.
II. Jesus’ return will rapidly repay each one for his decisions–Revelation 22:12-15
A. “Quickly” refers not to a length of time, but rather it speaks of how rapid the
recompense will occur.
B. Jeremiah 17:9-10, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly
corrupt: who can know it? I, Jehovah, search the min, I try the heart, even to
give every man according to the fruit of his doings.”
C. Galatians 6:9-10
III. Jesus’ return will not be unexpected–Revelation 22:16-17.
A. If it were not announced, it could be unexpected.
B. However, we have the announcement of his coming–Acts 1:9
C. We have the invitation to leave with him–John 14:1-4.
D. We have no excuse if we are not prepared–Romans 1:20.
IV. Jesus’ return will be welcomed by those who prepare to meet God–Revelation 22:18-21
A. Mark 11:8-10, “Hosanna; Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.”
B. Just as the disciples were relieved to have Jesus in the boat with them after he
calmed the storm (John 6:20), we will be relieved when Jesus welcomes us from the
storms of life.
Eagerly, we wait. Diligently, we prepare. Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. Are you ready for Jesus to come again? He wants you to be ready. Jesus wants to bring you home. Lay aside the baggage that will keep you from Heaven. Prepare to meet thy God.