“The second coming of Christ will be so revolutionary that it will change every aspect of life on this planet. Christ will reign in righteousness. Disease will be arrested. Death will be modified. War will be abolished. Nature will be changed. Man will live as it was originally intended he should live.” ― Billy Graham,
Every year, there is some sort of radical change happening in our cities, states, country, and around the world. A recent study found that most people would rather know for certain that they are about to receive an electric shock than not be able to predict it. This confirms what we have all probably experienced to be true in our lives. We fear the unknown and want to feel in control of our lives and circumstances.
Fortunately, we know that no matter what is happening around us right now, God is in control. In Romans 8:35-37 Paul says: “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”
Isaiah 40:28-29, the prophet cries out to the people of Israel and says: “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.”
Despite what is happening around you, be encouraged. God has this. He wrote the ending, the beginning and everything in the middle. He doesn’t fall asleep on His watch, and He isn’t ignorant of what is happening in the world He created. We have hope in God because He knows the end of the story. We don’t have to know it because He does. He holds the future. Like all things, they have a beginning and an ending. Since God’s will is perfect, things are beginning to shift and move into the stage He has set for the ending.
We don’t know how much time we have left here on Earth, but that doesn’t mean we live without hope. We live in the light of eternity. One day, when we meet Jesus in heaven all of our pain, sickness, sorrow, sadness, stress, and grief are going to end. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (Revelation 21:4).
This world is not all that there is. There is something better yet coming. There is something worth living for beyond this life: Jesus Christ. We must allow Him to fill our hearts, remove our fears, strengthen our resolve, and prepare for His return. Jesus said in the book of Revelation, “Yes, I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:20). Our goal should be to live with eager anticipation and expectation of Jesus coming again.
This is not just a fairytale. This is reality. This is the end of the story. This is a picture of where all of history is headed.
- Do you think about the Second Coming regularly?
- Does the Second Coming of Jesus make a real impact on your everyday life?
- What are some ways you can grow concerning living in the light of eternity and the Second Coming?