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Summary: The disciples thought Jesus would return for them in their day, but He did not return. After the cross, the Christians were persecuted for their faith in Jesus and what He did for them at the cross. Many suffered torturous deaths because they would not

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Jesus Will Keep His Promise

by Greg Johnson

http://www.lovinggodfellowship.org

Right before Jesus went to the cross to die for our sin, He made a wonderful promise to His followers. He said (John 14:1-3 NIV) "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. {2} In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. {3} And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

The disciples thought He would return for them in their day, but He did not return. After the cross, the Christians were persecuted for their faith in Jesus and what He did for them at the cross. Many suffered torturous deaths because they would not denounce their belief in Jesus as the Messiah. But the true believers did not lose faith. In the midst of their persecution and horrific abuse, they held on to the promise of Jesus’ return. When they saw each other in the workplace, marketplace or in their house churches, they would greet one another with the word “Maranatha” which means “O Lord come!”

Now, over 2,000 years later as we live in a world that grows increasingly out of step with the Gospel we continue to wait for the return of our Lord. To us, it’s a long time to wait. It’s like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting until the next morning to open gifts. The hours seem to pass by so slow, but Christmas morning comes. It’s like a teenager waiting for that special birthday to come so that they can get their driving permit. The months and days seem to pass by so slow, but the birthday arrives. It’s like the student counting the days until they graduate and get out of school. Graduation day seems to never get there, but one day they walk across the stage and receive their diploma. It’s like the couple in love setting the wedding date and waiting anxiously for the day to arrive, but the days seem to come slower and slower. It’s like awaiting the birth of a child. The due date seems to never arrive. It’s like the middle aged person counting down the days to retirement so that they can spend their days as they please, but retirement seem so far away.

It may seem like a long time coming, but rest assured that Jesus will keep His promise. God’s Word says (2 Peter 3:9 NIV) “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."

The Lord is not slow, just patient.

Beloved, what would have happened if Jesus would have returned for His followers 100 year prior to you being born. If that would have happened, you would not be in existence today and you would not have opportunity to spend eternity around the throne of God. But you see, God loves you so much, He wants to spend eternity with you. You are not an accident. You are not here on earth by chance. God has willed you into existence!

Beloved, what would have happened if Jesus would have returned for His followers an hour prior to you letting go of the nets, getting out of the boat and answering His call to follow Him? What would have happened if Jesus would have returned just a minute prior to receiving Him as your Saviour and making Him the Lord of your life? I will tell you what would have happened. You would have been left behind.


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