September 13, 2009

Daily Devotional 9/13/2009 -"Jesus Is Coming"

From: Our Daily Bread

The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. --1 Thessalonians 4:16

A Scottish preacher once said, "The doctrine of the Lord's second coming, as it appears in the New Testament, is like a lofty mountain that dominates the entire landscape."

Commenting on that statement, author A. J. Gordon adds, "No matter what road you take, no matter what pass you tread, you will find the mountain bursting on your vision at every turn of the way, and at every parting of the hills. What first struck me in reading the New Testament was this: Whatever doctrine I was pursuing, whatever precept I was enforcing, I found it fronting toward and terminating in the hope of the Lord's second coming. All paths of obedience and service lead on to that mountain."

Someone has pointed out that there are more than 300 references to Christ's return in the New Testament. One fact is clear--Jesus is coming back. Each day we are getting closer to that climactic moment. Today could be the day!

Are you ready? Knowing that Christ could return at any moment is a blessed hope and a comfort to all who have put their faith in Him (1 Th. 4:18; 5:11; Ti. 2:13). But He is also coming in fiery judgment on those who don't know Him and who reject the gospel (2 Th. 1:7-9).

Be ready! Jesus is coming! — Richard De Haan

The Lord has said He will return
To judge the world someday;
Are you prepared for Him to come
Or hoping for delay? --Sper

Don't complain about what this world is coming to; proclaim the One who is coming to this world.

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