Suppose Jesus returned today. Unless you are a believer nearing the end of your life, or are in great pain, or just tired of life, my suspicion is that the thought of Jesus coming back TODAY may not bring you joy, but instead provoke uneasiness.
If I am right on that, my guess is that the uneasiness is over two matters. First, you may be thinking, “If Jesus were to come today, I wouldn’t get to do those things I am looking forward to doing.”
I can understand that, especially with young people who so eagerly anticipate graduation, their first real job, a nice car, marriage, family, first house, and so on.
All I can say on that is that whatever you may not get around to doing in this life, your next life in the presence of Jesus Christ will surpass it. You will in no way feel you missed out.
The second reason, I suspect, is because of guilt. We would feel ashamed if Jesus were to come back today. Either because we are not pursuing the things we should or we are doing things we should not. I understand this one too!
The writers of the New Testament were well acquainted with those fears. This is why the Apostle John wrote this to his congregation: “And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming.” (1 John 2:28).
Jesus Christ is VERY happy at the thought of being physically united with those He came to save. He does not want in any respect for us to be ashamed to see Him. His heart has been yearning for this reunion, as the Bible says, like a groom waiting for his bride!
Months before I got married, I took a wall calendar and magic marker and put a big X through each day as it passed until our wedding. I was SO excited!! The same is true with Jesus Christ.
“But you don’t know how much I’ve messed up. You don’t know the real me. I’m already ashamed at the thought of His coming. I try to do better, but I keep falling into sin again.”
Lots of believers feel the same way. But Jesus Christ does not care. He simply wants YOU. And He can’t wait to see you. If you are in doubt about this, go back and re-read the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24).
Jesus Christ went through a LOT to receive you to Himself. He knew everything about you and everything you would do when He died on the cross for your sins. He was GLAD to do so and would do it a hundred times again, just to have you for Himself. Why? Because He loves YOU.
Come back home to Jesus. His door is always open for YOU.