“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3
Martin Luther once said that every Christian should live as if Jesus died yesterday, rose again today, and is coming again tomorrow. Luther’s statement does not intend to detract from the historicity of those events but to make more vivid in our minds the realities of the gospel. Jesus tells us, “I will come again.” Those four words give Christians hope because they mean that we shall be reunited with our loving Lord. Do you know Jesus as Lord? Have you repented of your sins and trusted him alone for your right standing with God? Now is the time! He shall return! Are you ready for him? Jesus adds to this promise: “I will come again and will take you to myself.” Charles Spurgeon famously said, “Heaven is wherever Jesus is.” The rooms that Jesus has prepared for us are meant for meeting with Jesus. Without Jesus all the rooms of heaven would be drab and dull. Christians should long for heaven because we long to be with Jesus. Jesus is what makes heaven, heaven. Do you want to go to heaven in order to be with Jesus? That is a good test to see if there is saving grace in your heart. Those who have truly been born from above long to be in the arms of their Savior. We should long for our Lord’s embrace and to hear his gracious words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” What a joy it will be to be in the presence of the King! “One day the trumpet will sound for his coming, one day the skies with his glories will shine; wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing; glorious Saviour, this Jesus is mine!” Jesus has promised us that he will come again. We should mark well the words of the living God about the Second Advent of his Son. “For as the lightening comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:27). “This Jesus, who was taken up from you in heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Revelation 1:7). Believe the promise! Look for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Live your life today in light of the fact of the return of our Lord. What really matters? Are you ready? Soon we all shall see the King!