If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard the phrase “Jesus is coming soon,” I’d be a couple thousand dollars richer. I bet many others will agree. For years Christians from all over have been declaring that Jesus is coming back very soon, but He is yet to make His appearance. As a result, the majority may think of it as an overstatement. They may begin to get comfortable with the idea that such statement is just an overrated fallacy that’s never going to be a reality. If you’re numbered among the majority, I would advise you to switch sides.
I mean, what have you got to lose anyway? Revelation 22:12 clearly states Christ’s promise of His soon return. But even if there weren’t any Bible verses to back up His return, it wouldn’t hurt to be prepared, you know… just in case. Look at it this way, if you prepare yourself and He doesn’t come, then your quality of living would have been better off for it. And if He does come, you will be ready. Bottom line, we have nothing to lose by preparing ourselves. In fact, we actually stand to lose more if we’re caught off guard at Christ’s second coming. So, get ready.
Matthew 25:1-13 carries the story of the ten virgins. Five of them were wise enough to plan for the future by taking extra oil for their lamps, and five were foolish enough to think that what they have in their lamps would last. The simple-minded virgins weren’t factoring in unforeseen circumstances—like the bridegroom’s late arrival. Hence, they were ill-prepared when the bridegroom came and they were locked out. Jesus is the bridegroom, and if we don’t take the necessary precaution to get ourselves ready for His arrival, we will be locked out of Heaven. True, we don’t know how soon is soon, but would it hurt to be ready?
It can be overwhelming to constantly live with the thought that Jesus is coming soon. Then again, it depends on our perspective. We can either choose to look at the hourglass as being half empty or half full. We can choose to complain about His late arrival or even doubt His arrival any at all, or we can use the thought of Christ’s return as a comforting reminder that one day soon, all the suffering and pain of this world will end. We can choose to find peace in the fact that there’s eternal joy awaiting us at the end of this long journey with the bonus prize of seeing our Savior one day. So, whether Christ is coming soon—or not, let us be ready when He comes.
How should Christians deal with the negative attitude of some, regarding Jesus’ soon coming?