Reading today from Matthew 23 – 25.
After doing my reading this morning, I was wondering what I should post this morning for the Scripture reading over on our church blog, and our son James called and told me about a huge earthquake which had just happened in Japan. Now, there are tsunami warnings out for all the West coast of the continental USA, Alaska, that they were vacating the Island’s of Hawaii, and Australia and other places. It just reminds me of the reminders our Lord gives that He will return.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:36-39 (KJV)
“You Christians have been saying that for years, and it hasn’t happened yet.” You could even say, “It has been being said, for about two thousand years”, and I would even go further than that. God has been telling us that since near the beginning, because through Enoch was written the words,
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude vv. 14-15
and Enoch lived before Noah (Genesis 5:24).
We need not ask “When is Jesus Christ Returning?” We do need to ask, “Is my life ready for His return if He were to come today?” Since we do not know the day or the time we need to be drawing near to God through His Son Jesus each and every day through His Word and prayer, committing our lives to holy living through the power of His Spirit who lives in those who have called on the name of Jesus Christ.
If you will look around you today you will see much chaos. Economic upheaval, National and international catastrophe, Political upheaval in all shapes and sizes; democratic, republics, dictatorships, anarchy. Yet I believe God still reigns. He is on His throne, and prayer changes things and people for the glory of God.
We have all these chaotic things going on, yet some people pay no mind, no attention to these matters; they just keep on partying, marrying, giving in marriage; and making no change to the way they live. It is time to direct our hearts to the LORD of hosts. He has directed His eyes toward us. He has sent us His Son Jesus to die for our sins; made a way for all who will believe to call on Him and be brought into fellowship with Him.
You may think, “I can’t change. I have tried many times and failed”. To that I say, “No you can’t change yourself.” However, God can change you. Admit to Him that you are a sinner, that you are powerless, and submit yourself to His grace, call on Him, believe and be saved.
-Tim A. Blankenship