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Come Lord Jesus
I loved the large blocks of scripture used in the last part of today’s sermon. While exegesis of those passages can be helpful, I wonder if thoughtful meditaiton might be more beneficial in terms of changing our hearts and lives. When the NT writers speak of the return of Jesus it is always for the purpose of influencing how we live in this age. We are to live with confidence, hope, and assurance as we look forward to his return. Somehow the information contained in Scripture must move from our intellect to our hearts and then out through our attitudes and actions.
When Peter wrote, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15) he was not necessarly saying that we need to be able to answer all the difficult questions non-believers ask. Rather, we are to explain why we can have hope when everything looks bleak. Faith in the unseen realities of Christ are a powerful witness to a world that has lost hope. The second coming of Jesus is a promise we hold dear to our hearts. It enables us to live right now in the kingdom of God that can only been seen by faith. One day soon, however, it will be revealed and made known to all. That will be the day of Christ’s appearing. “Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight.” Amen, Come Lord Jesus!
(If you want to meditate on this message of good news turn to 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; 1 Peter 1:3-12; and 1 John 2:28-3:3.)