Christ is coming back any day now

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When [Jesus] had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-11)

Any day now, any day now,

I shall be released. – Bob Dylan

This is the message of Acts. Straightforward. Essential. Profound. This is what you need to know: Jesus Christ, whom you killed (yes, we all did) rose from the dead so that you might be forgiven, and He is coming back in the same way that you saw Him go.

The disciples believed that Jesus was coming back in their lifetime. If the angel said He would return in the same way they saw Him go, it must mean they would be around to see it. Wouldn’t you have thought that? Besides, every generation since has thought theirs would be around to see it, and that’s the way it should be. The potential of Christ returning in your lifetime makes everything about following Him closer and more urgent. How would I live if I knew Christ wasn’t returning for another couple hundred years? How would I live if I knew Christ was returning any day now? Big difference.

September 23, 2017 was supposed to be the end of the world. My 18-year-old son, Chandler, was invested in that one. He thought it was going to happen. He fully believes the end of the world is coming and will happen at least in his lifetime. The fact that the subject is a part of the popular discussion means something. In the 1960s, I created a medley of popular rock/folk songs about the end of the world and the return of Christ. They were all secular songs written and sung by people who weren’t even Christians. It’s a part of what was blowing in the wind and it’s blowing again. This is good news for followers of Christ, because for us, the return of Christ needs to be a part of the daily discussion. Don’t be so entrenched here that it would upset your applecart for Christ to return. We look for it. We long for it. It’s a part of our spiritual reality. It’s a part of the gospel. It’s in the book of Acts. The beginning started with the knowledge of the ending, and every movement of God since has rekindled this hope. This is why we know we are in another movement.

The return of Christ is the ultimate closure. It will bring the end of what God wanted to accomplish with this heaven and this earth, and the beginning of what He wants to accomplish in eternity. Get ready.

Let’s spend the weekend on this. Think about the return of Christ and let me know what you’re thinking. Check out our Study Guide, and especially question 6: Is the “good news,” this hope of Jesus Christ’s return, the key element in your life? If not, why? If so, how is it manifested through your life? How might we encourage each other in the knowledge of this?

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5 Responses to Christ is coming back any day now

  1. DB says:

    I have shared Acts 1:9-11 with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jesus was standing on the Mount of Olives before He was taken up into Heaven. Notice the two men (angels) mention Jesus will come (back to the earth) in the same way that he left.

    Then show a Jehovah’s Witness this scripture from their own New World Translation:
    Zechariah 14

    3 “Jehovah will go out and war against those nations as when he fights in the day of a battle. 4 In that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east and the Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west forming a very great valley and half of the mountain will move to the north and half of it to the south. 5 You will flee to the valley of my mountains for the valley of the mountains will extend all the way to Aʹzel. You will have to flee just as you fled because of the earthquake in the days of King Uz·ziʹah of Judah. And Jehovah my God will come and all the holy ones will be with him.

    *
    So who must Jesus be?

    BTW, there’s an earthquake fault line runs right through the Mount of Olives.

    When will His feet return to the Mount of Olives? God only knows. 😎

  2. DB says:

    “Jesus Christ, whom you killed (yes, we all did) rose from the dead so that you might be forgiven, and He is coming back in the same way that you saw Him go.”

    Three other scriptures to share with Jehovah’s Witnesses:

    Ask them: Who raised Jesus from the dead? They will all say God raised Jesus.

    1. The Father (Galatians 1:1)

    2. Jesus. In John 2: 19 Jesus predicts He would raise his own body!

    3. The Spirit (Romans 8:11)

    4. God (Acts 2:24)

    All three Persons of the Godhead participated in the raising of Jesus.

  3. DB says:

    David Gates – Do You Believe He’s Coming

  4. Tim W Callaway says:

    When congregation members ask me “Pastor, do you think we are in the last days?” my response is succinct: “St. Paul thought he was, so we’re 2,000 years closer. I suggest you live as if Jesus may return today.” Period. I don’t get into the pre-trib, post-trib, pre-mil, a-mil, down by the old-mill stuff.

  5. John A Fagliano says:

    We recently had a rare total solar eclipse. There have been massive hurricanes making landfall and devastating places. People are concerned about climate change and the growing sea levels…

    Luke 21:25-28New International Version (NIV)
    25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

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