Jesus Is Coming Back

The truth that Jesus is coming back was the focus of my most recent article for the Anderson Independent:

Jesus is coming back. I don’t know if that has been something you have thought about this week, but it is true. One of the main topics we get questions about at our church is the End Times, and what the Bible has to say about the return of Christ. Because of this, last week we started a new sermon series at NewSpring Church called “How to Survive the End of the World.” If understanding what the Bible has to say about the end of the world is something that interests you, I hope you will join us for this sermon series at NewSpring Church this Sunday.

I can’t tell you when Jesus is coming back, nor would I try to predict it. What I can tell you with certainty is that one day we will no longer be on this earth. And Scripture tells us that when we leave this earth, we are going to spend eternity somewhere. So whether Jesus comes back in our lifetime, or we pass away before his return, our mortality and future destination is something we all need to consider.

We don’t like to think about death, about the fact that one day we will no longer be on this earth. In our culture we numb ourselves from the reality of death. We should not hyper focus on death or the end of the world, but we should be willing to wrestle with our own mortality and not avoid the subject just because we don’t like to think about it. We need to live our lives knowing that we are going to leave this earth one day and understand that our days are numbered. Scripture says that understanding the truth that our days are numbered makes us wise.

Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

When we realize our days are numbered it forces us to live every day with focus and purpose and keeps us from going through the motions and assuming that we can put important things off until a later date. “I’ll be a better husband one day.” “I’ll make it up to my kids next month.” “I’ll deal with that issue another day.” We are not promised later. We don’t know for sure that we have tomorrow to do what we need to do. We need to live well today. Serve our spouse today. Make time for our children today. Today we need to listen to the Lord and be obedient to him.

There is one other thing we need to consider today and not put off until later. How are you personally planning on getting to heaven? We need to think about where we are going to spend eternity and what Jesus says about that. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus says that he is the only way to eternal life. Some of you that are reading this believe this and some of you do not. Scripture teaches that there is one way to get to heaven. It is not about how good we are. It is not about what we do. It is about believing that Jesus Christ is God and has paid for our sin. Jesus is coming back. Before we leave this earth, we need to consider our relationship with Him.

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