Today’s Reading: Mark 13:14-37
In the late 19th Century, there was a wave of enthusiasm for prophecies predicting the actual date for Christ’s Second Coming. This wave set birth to many of the cults which we see today. Yet Jesus teaching was “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”
George Sweetin wrote: More than a fourth of the Bible is predictive prophecy. Approximately one-third of it has yet to be fulfilled. Both the Old and New Testaments are full of promises about the return of Jesus Christ. Over 1,800 references appear in the Old Testament. Of the 260 chapters in the New Testament, there are more than 300 references to the Lord’s return – one out of every thirty verses.
JESUS IS COMING BACK!
John Wesley was once working in his garden one day when a neighbour came by to visit. The neighbour attempted to jolt Wesley by asking, “What would you be doing now, John, if you knew for certain Jesus would return today?” Wesley jolted his neighbour instead by replying, “I would go right on doing what I’m doing.” May we live in such a way that Christ could return at any time and we would be comfortable continuing the task at hand.
Do you live your life in a state of readiness if at any moment Christ were to return? From the evidence we have around us, just like that of a tree telling of summer, we are living in the last days. That could mean a few years or hundreds, but in the timeline of humanity, we are nearer than ever before.