Luke 18:20-37: People, get ready!(please click here)
Many people are asking, ‘What is this world coming to?’ The more important question is, ‘Who is coming to this world?’ The answer is ‘Jesus’, and we all need to get ready. Here are three important realities to come to terms with:
- ‘You can’t miss it!’ I think it was on my first trip to Birkenhead, as a child, that one of my parents stopped to ask for directions. The person asked kept saying, ‘You can’t miss it!’ In truth, when we follow such instructions we often find that we can miss it!! But these words truly do pertain to the second coming of Christ. It will not happen behind anyone’s back: ‘The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes. You know how the whole sky lights up in a single flash of lightning? That’s how it will be on the Day of the Son of Man.’ (The Message). You can’t miss it. But Jesus went on to say that ‘first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.’ (25). He kept on saying things like that. He knew that the cross awaited Him. But beyond it there lay His resurrection, and, ultimately, His return. ‘CHRIST HAS DIED; CHRIST HAS RISEN; CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN.’ He has come through the cross; He has come our of the tomb; He will come back to the earth.
- Business as usual. Before Jesus returns it will be a case of ‘business as usual’ in the world, and to many people His appearing will come as a devastating shock. There are Biblical, historical precedents for this: ‘The time of the Son of Man will be just like the time of Noah – everyone carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ship. They suspected nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away. It was the same in the time of Lot – the people carrying on, having a good time, business as usual right up to the day Lot walked out of Sodom and a firestorm swept down and burned everything to a crisp. That’s how it will be – sudden, total – when the Son of Man is revealed.’ The Message.
- A day of division (34,35). For some, the day of Christ’s return will be one of great joy. It’s what they have been looking forward to for so long. They will see their Lord and be with Him forever. But for others it will be a day of bitter regret. They will find ‘the door of the ark’ is now closed and it is too late to repent.
‘People get ready, there’s a train a comin’; you don’t need no ticket, you just get on board.’
Will you board now, while you still can?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I can get so earth-bound. Help me to live with eternity in view.