As I said in the previous post, the Christian life is build on the solid foundation of …
- The Word of God,
- The Plans of God, and
- The Promises of God
One of the promises Jesus made to His disciples was, He would return. If this promise is not fulfilled then what confidence do we have in any of the other promises He made. Even so, we carefully ask
- How long will it be?
- What is it going to take for His return to happen?
Over the next several days we will examine other reasons why we can be confident in His return. All this is in preparation for a verse-by-verse study that begins Sunday night, June 7, 2015. See the Events link for the time and place.
Several years ago, I heard John MacArthur speak on why Jesus must return to the earth. With those words as a seed thought, we come to the first reasons – because He said He would.
On the night Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot, Jesus had some very important, intimate, and inspirational time with the eleven disciples who remained. As He spoke of His own death and departure, the men became broken in their spirit. As He disclosed the details of His death I can just imagine Him making contact with each one of these men one by one and after He did He said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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.”
There it is. There is the promise. He promised He would return. How and when and the dynamics surrounding His return are all debated by theologians, pastors, and teachers. We do not have to agree on the details but one truth we must agree on is – He will return, because He said He would. Reason #2 tomorrow.
Have a great day!