Last-Day Lessons from MARTA

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I’ve ridden public transportation for almost fifteen years, in several states. In doing so, you learn valuable lessons about yourself and life in general. But as I continue to ride on MARTA today and write about Jesus’ Second Coming, there are several lessons that stick out.

Primarily, I know that the train is coming. Public transportation operates on a fixed schedule. MARTA is no exception. Despite any delays in service, I know that the train is going to arrive at a specific time. Like MARTA’s trains, I know that Jesus and His train of angels will arrive at the time appointed. Despite fallen creation’s attempts to delay Him, Jesus will come to take His people to their final destination.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak…though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Hab. 2:3).

“…and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:30, 31).

There will be people who get on the train and people who won’t. This is universal for anyone who rides public transportation. We’ve got places to be, after all. But the Scriptures tell us that many of us will not “get on” the train of angels at Jesus’ Second Coming. It’s not because they can’t. Many professed Christians today just don’t want to give up their sins. But there are people who are not in the faith right now who will. When Jesus returns, He will send His angels to gather them instead of those who were bidden, but not worthy (Matt. 22:8).

“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring…” (Jn. 10:16).

“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:2, 4).

Once those doors close, it’s too late to get on. I’ve had train doors close in my face on more than one occasion. But the disappointment I experienced from those times will pale in comparison to the grief that people will experience when Jesus and His train of angels departs from this world without them. Choosing to live in your sins and ignoring God’s prophetic warnings are like ignoring the bells that tell you the train doors are about to close. It didn’t work out too well for God’s people before and it’s not going to work out any better now.

“Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, but all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways…Notwithstanding they would not hear…And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them…until he had cast them out of his sight” (2 Kings 17:13, 14, 20).

Getting on the last train to Heaven requires us to accept certain things. We have to accept that things are not getting better. They’re getting worse. We’re going to have to leave the world because they’re going to get so bad. The only way to do this humanly impossible task is to believe in Jesus. Only He can pay our fare to board the train of angels that’s coming.

The fare to board this train is one perfect, sinless life. You can’t earn a life like that with a list of good deeds and contributions to GoFundMe pages. You have to ask Jesus to give it to you. Ask Him to help you trust in Him. His perfect, sinless life can be yours if you put your faith in Him and live by His Word. The Scriptures teach us how to be like Jesus and when you obey these precepts in faith, the Holy Spirit will perfect you from within.

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).

“…nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:and the life which I now live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). 

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5:32).

But when we blame our failure to live by the Word of God on our sinful nature, we are telling ourselves and the world that Jesus can do nothing to save us from our sins. This is why many in the faith live like they have none. They bottle up the faith that Jesus commissioned them to give to the world. This is a way of life that has a form of godliness, but denies the power of it (2 Tim. 3:5). Is it any wonder to us, then, that many professed Christians will be turned away from the train of angels because they did not ask Jesus to give them their fare?

My first rule of public transportation is “Run like you want it.” Whenever I get to a station and I see my bus or train, I run to it like it’s about to leave. If you want to board that train of angels Christ is bringing, then run to Him like you want to get on it. Run like you want Him to give you your fare. Run like you want to overcome your sins. Run like you want to stop making excuses for not trusting Jesus.

The train of angels is coming. Run to Jesus and ask Him for the fare, His sinless life reflected in your character. If don’t have your fare ready before His coming, the train will take off without you. Trust in the Lord and you’ll get on board.

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