Jump Start # 2851
Matthew 25:31 “So when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.”
I was driving home the other day. It was a nice sunny day and the sky was layered with white puffy clouds. A couple of the clouds caught my attention as I was looking through the windshield. What if Jesus appeared right then? Before I got home, before I went through the day’s mail, while driving in my car, He appeared.
I tend to think that we intellectually know that Jesus is coming in the clouds. We’ve heard enough lessons that reminds us of all that will take place. The dead will be raised. The righteous will be caught up with the Lord. The living will be changed in an instant. The earth and all the elements will be burned up. Classes on the second coming and sermons on the judgment often remind us of these divine truths. But I wonder if that’s all it is for us. We understand it factually, but we go about our day and our lives as if it most likely won’t happen any time soon. In fact, there may be within us a wish that He won’t come anytime soon. We’ve got plans. There is vacations that we want to take. There are weddings that we want to go to. There are babies to be born. Some are adding on to their house and they’d like to see it completed and enjoy it. Some are looking for a new home. Life is good and we enjoy it and we know He’s coming, but maybe it will be a few centuries down the road so we don’t have to deal with it.
Our verse comes from a series of lessons about the Lord’s coming. The chapter begins with the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. The groom was gone. When he returned, the foolish were not ready. Next follows the parable of the talents. The master was gone for a while. Each servant was given some money with the expectation that he would do something positive with it. The master returned. The one talent man didn’t have much to show for what was given to him. Then comes the gathering of the sheep and the goats. This takes place when “the Son of Man comes.”
Jesus is coming. That’s the thought. He’s coming whether we are ready or not. He’s coming whether we want Him to or not. He’s coming, not on our schedule, as the wedding virgins found out, but on His timetable. It’s good to every once in a while, to tap the brakes of life and remember that Jesus is coming.
First, remembering that Jesus is coming helps me keep the Lord and His kingdom at the top of my list. My Dodgers are struggling this year. Too many injuries. They are not in first place. They are not in second place. But if indeed, I actually saw Jesus the other day, would any of that matter? Would those thoughts even enter my mind? Clean houses, weed free yards, balanced checkbooks, and everything in it’s place may make us feel good, but are we in the right place for Jesus to come? He is coming. There is no doubt about that. Are there things I have been kicking down the road because they are hard or I simply don’t want to do them? Am I still flirting too much with the Devil? Do I still have anger in my heart? Am I still holding on to hurts and refusing to forgive? When do I plan to deal with these things? Another day, and still kicking those cans down the road.
Second, remembering that Jesus is coming reminds me that God doesn’t forget His promises. That’s an old, old promise, told throughout Matthew 25 that Jesus is coming. Years have passed by. Decades have passed by. Generations have passed by. None of us can trace our family ancestry back to the first century. Far too many years. Yet, this promise remains. And, this reminds us that God keeps all of His promises. His promises to forgive us. His promises to care for us. His promises to be there for us. We make promises and either break them or forget them. Not God. Jesus is coming.
Third, that day, when Jesus does come, will be like no other day. Can you imagine? Have you put some thought to that? The sky filled with angels. Everyone stopping what they are doing and be looking skyward. People running out of their homes and stores. Cars stopped on the interstate and people getting out of their cars. Some will wonder what it is. The faithful will know. Jesus has come. Everything changes. No time to get back home. No place to run to. Many will be scared. I think tears would roll down my cheeks. Politics won’t matter. Stock markets won’t matter. Ball games won’t matter. Jesus has come.
Fourth, to see the face of the Lord, what a glorious honor that would be. Revelation says every eye shall see Him. I can’t figure out how that would happen. When we are seeing the sun, the other side of the planet isn’t. They have darkness and stars. When we have night, the other side has day. How can every eye see Him? But how could God part the Red Sea and the bottom be dry and not muddy? How could God make the sun stand still or move shadows backwards? How could God create all that we see by simply saying “Let there be”? There will be some that do not know Jesus. There will be some who have given up on Jesus. But for those who have stayed alert and watchful and ready, what a glorious, glorious time to see the Lord.
We sing, “There’s a great day coming, a great day coming.” It’s great if you are ready. It’s great if you are alert. What if today was the day?