The Bible describes five of the most important events in the history of our world. Four have passed. The fifth is yet to come and will change everything!
ONE. The first event that changed history was the INCARNATION OF CHRIST. God became a man, known as Jesus. He was just like us, except for one major difference. You and I have sin natures that cause us to sin, but Jesus never sinned.
TWO. The second major event was the CROSS OF CHRIST. Being without any sin, Jesus willingly allowed Himself to be crucified in order to pay the penalty for your sins and mine.
THREE. Three days after Jesus died, He came back to life. The RESURRECTION OF CHRIST ensured that forgiveness of sin and eternal life is available to anyone who puts their faith in Jesus.
FOUR. After Jesus returned to Heaven, He sent the SPIRIT OF CHRIST to indwell everyone who trusted Him for salvation. No longer was Jesus limited to being in one place at a time. Now He indwells every believer everywhere in the world.
FIVE. The event that is yet to come is the RETURN OF CHRIST. Before He left, Jesus promised to physically return. For the last two thousand years, Christians have hoped He’d return during their lifetime. In Titus 2:13 this is called our “blessed hope.” No one knows WHEN Jesus will come back, but the Bible addresses how we should live while we wait.
I was raised in a small town. Everyone seemed to know my parents. To encourage good behavior, my parents would say, “Don’t do anything that would reflect poorly on the family name. People are always watching.” The same is true about our behavior as people who have received Jesus Christ. We are to live in a manner worthy of that Name, so as not to bring any dishonor to Christ.
As Christ-followers, we are no longer to be engaged in “sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed.” Nor are we to use our mouths for “anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language.” Instead, our lives are to reflect the qualities of our Heavenly Father, that of “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:5,8,12)
While engaged in the day-to-day affairs of work, raising a family, fixing meals, vacuuming, doing laundry, and a myriad of other things, we are called to “watch for the Lord’s return,” to stay alert that He could come back in our lifetime. Without negating the importance of these other responsibilities, we are to remind ourselves that one day Jesus will part the clouds and physically return to this earth. That, indeed, will be a glorious day!