Astronaut James Irwin, Commander of Apollo 15, shared that while walking on the moon and looking out at planet Earth, suspended in space like an iridescent jewel, the thought came to him that this moment, man walking on the moon, was the greatest event in the history of the world. Then he adds that the Lord whispered to his heart, saying, “I did something greater than that—I walked on the earth!”
Stand with me on the tiptoes of your mind and contemplate the awesome wonder of the God whose power is flaunted by orbiting spheres, unveiling His love in the Babe of Bethlehem. Think of it—God, walking the earth in sandals!
The coming of Christ into the world is the most stupendous event of human history. That first Advent of our Lord is the marvel of the ages.
When we hear the news of our day, we say, “The worst is yet to come.” But when we read the Bible, we say, “The best is yet to be.” God’s Word declares that the most colossal event of history is yet to come!
The promise of the Second Coming of our Lord runs as a golden thread throughout the Bible.
We put our ear and heart close to the door of the Upper Room on the night before the crucifixion. The immortal words of our Lord float as soft music through the night air. “Do not let your hearts be troubled… I will come back and take you to be with me” (John 14:1-3). Jesus, in His last will and testament to His followers, bequeathed the precious promise that He will return and take us to be forever with Him.
Further on in the New Testament narrative, we read where, on the Mount of Olives, without the aid of booster rockets or computers, our Lord defies the law of gravity and ascends into the heavens. As 500 onlookers stand in wide-eyed wonder, the angelic messenger announces: “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
Throughout the New Testament no less than 318 references, one of every 30 verses, assert the return of Jesus Christ. We turn to the very last page of the Bible, and read the final recorded words of Jesus to His followers of all ages. No fewer than three times He affirms the peerless promise (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20), His final words being, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
The Second Coming is the most precious promise yet to be fulfilled for the believer. Jesus is coming again! Let us be ready.
Henry Gariepy, The Salvationist Pulpit