Summary: The Scriptures specifically tell us what we are to be doing "Until He Comes".
“Until He Comes”
Introduction: Do you remember those dreaded words your Mother would say to you when you were a child? “Wait until your Father comes home!” It was a long, anxious, dreary wait, wasn’t it?
Jesus told us that He’s coming back. But, it doesn’t have to be with dreaded anticipation, to await judgment or condemnation. Jesus is coming back … to take His family back home to be with Him … forever! We don’t know just WHEN … just … that He WILL.
WHY is He coming back? Because He gave us His promise that He would, and He always keeps His word. He told us in John 14:2-3 – “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” We call the return of Jesus, the “Rapture”.
MEANWHILE … What we do while we wait for His return is very important. Jesus gave us some good advice about our waiting.
STORY: A young boy arrived home one day with 2 black eyes. His mother said: “Fighting again! Remember the advice I gave you … count to 100 before you do anything.” Her son replied: “But mother, I did … but his mother told him to count to only 50!”
My father gave me some good advice when I was a teenager. He said: “If you’re working for someone and you can’t BE busy, LOOK busy! Don’t let your boss-man catch you doing nothing. You can always find SOMETHING to do!”
That’s good advice for us as Christians today, but Jesus’ advice is MORE than just advice. It’s a direction for living … “Until He Comes”. And, we don’t just have to LOOK busy … there’s plenty for us to do.
Our life here is a journey through time. The time between now and the Rapture is a time where no man has gone before … into the unknown … a whole new frontier of opportunities (kind of sounds like Star Trek, doesn’t it!).
When the Children of Israel went to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land, Joshua told them in Joshua 3:4 – “for you have not passed this way before." God had gone before them to prepare the way, but, they had not passed that way yet. God goes before us, preparing the way until we arrive at our final destination, and are then ushered into His presence.
There’s a story of 4 people on a plane (I picked this up years ago … don’t know from where). These 4 were on their way to a city … a prisoner, a widow, a world traveler, and a bride. Let’s take a look at their attitudes, and compare them with the return of Christ. Which one are you?
1.- PRISONER – He had been condemned to death and was going to his execution. What is his attitude? It’s an attitude of dread, because judgment awaits. He’s hoping for a slow trip … perhaps a fog delay, or a snow storm, so the plane can be diverted to another airport. Anything! He has a fearful anticipation of the future, because condemnation awaits him. As time gets closer to his arrival, his heart sinks, his stomach churns. He’s not looking forward to his final destination. He has an attitude of JUDGMENT.