Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. (Luke 17:22-24). The quote above and numerous other references in Scripture tell us that we do not know when Christ will return. We read in Matthew (24:44) “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ”
Why do I bring up the subject of His return?
The other day, I saw a posting of a picture on Facebook that really caught my attention. It was a picture of a sign that said,
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May 21, 2011
The posting made reference to a campaign by Rev. Harold Camping that indicates his sincere belief that he has mathematically calculated the precise date of the return of Jesus. There followed a series of “comments” to the posted picture ranging from jokes to sarcasm to downright flippancy. To the point where I couldn’t help but enter into the fray to make a remark. But my remark has weighed on my mind ever since, as I ponder the possibilities surrounding this image, and how to make sense of this prediction? My worry is not that Harold Camping is wrong and that Christ will not come on that day. So I wrote:
“Everybody assumes he (Rev. Camping) is wrong. What if he is and Jesus comes back on the 20th? Or April 1st? ”
And what if He returns before I finish writing this blog post? Brings to mind a song that was recorded by the Pat Terry Group back in the 70’s, call (appropriately) “When the Lord Comes Back” (you can check this song out on YouTube). “May be months or minutes, who can say how long? The Lord may come before I sing the last line of this song”.
This of course, puts a heavy responsibility on Christians to live as though Jesus may come back before we finish our blog post, our proposal, our business plan, our vacation, our breakfast… What have I done to be ready? Have I taken steps to help those around me at home or at work to be ready? Do we look forward to that moment?
Just some food for thought…