God’s people were afraid when you gave that last message. But why should we not be afraid?
Because Jesus is coming again to receive them unto Himself, as He promised. This is not a day of doom, a day that we should fear. This is the day we have waited for and it is almost here.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father but by Him (Jn. 14:6). The way to heaven is found in the Truth, who gives new life to the sinner. In this life, you will be prepared to meet Jesus. But how can you have this “new life?” Nicodemus asked Jesus the same question and He received the answer that we all need to hear. He explained to Nicodemus, and therefore to us, that we who believe in Him must be “born of the Spirit.” This is not a mere acknowledgment of Jesus’ sacrifice, but a complete change of heart. The Holy Spirit, from within, transforms the character of sinful men into one that is fit for heaven. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “…The kingdom of God is within you.” (Lk. 17:21)
The coming of the kingdom of heaven is not a day of doom, but the day of salvation. It is written,
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (Jn. 3:17, 18)
This promise is given to them and to all who are afar off, that they may know that God will save them on that day.
Fear has no place in all who trust the Lord, for “…perfect love casteth out fear…” (1 Jn. 4:18). Fear brings only torment, but we serve a God who brings love. And this is love; that even while we were yet sinners, God sent His Son to die for us (Rom. 3:6, 8). Fear belongs to those who have no hope.
But we have a blessed hope; that Christ is returning to deliver His people from fear and from all that troubled them since the world began. No more will they be troubled by Satan and his angels. No more will they be troubled by violence and the schemes of wicked men. With their families and their faith, they will depart from these things and go to the land promised to them by their Father.
This is our hope, our promise made by He who loves us and in this promise we should have no fear. Believe in Him and on that day, you will behold with your very own eyes why you should not be afraid. This is the day of light, a day that the darkness cannot comprehend because it has rejected the light, that its deeds may not be known.
It is time. It is time for God’s people to come out of darkness. It is time for them to come out of fear. It is time for them to walk in the light and the life of day. On that day, there will be no more death, sorrow, crying or pain, for the former things will pass away. God’s people, on that day, will see no reason to fear.
But they must prepare for it. They must put away all their distractions, their entertainment, their pleasures, and most importantly, their sins. Those who indulge them now put their eternal salvation at risk. These things will surely keep you from God and cost you the place that Jesus has prepared for you. They must decide who they will serve. The time approaches when they will be forced by Babylon to serve them or die. But he who puts their trust in God will not serve them. They will trust God alone to provide for their needs.
Right now, we need faith. We need to be obedient to our God. These keys to our salvation await all who will make God their refuge. Only those who choose not to have them face doom.
We have a better future to look forward to. A future in which there is nothing to fear. A better future to prepare for. We must prepare for it as Jesus counseled us to do (Mt. 24:44).
This generation is likened unto the parable of the ten virgins. Before the bridegroom’s coming, all of the virgins were asleep. (Mt. 25:5). When the midnight cry was given, they all awoke. But only the wisest virgins were ready to enter the marriage feast. Thus, the counsel was given to watch for the coming of the Son of Man (Mt. 25:6-13). Right now, the midnight cry is being given around the world. The bridegroom cometh and we are preparing.
These sayings are faithful and true. What He says to you, He says to all who await His coming today: Watch. Watch and pray. (Mk. 13:34-37)
To Be Continued…Check Us Out Next Time!