Is Jesus Coming Back?

How To Prepare For Jesus’ Return

Jesus admonished his followers to prepare for his return as if it is the most important thing in their lives.[34] He used the illustration of a wise servant preparing things for his master’s return. In another instance he spoke of us anticipating his return as (under Jewish custom) a bride should be ready for the arrival of her bridegroom.[35]

So, how do we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ return? We prepare first by knowing Him, and then by obeying Him.

Knowing Jesus

When Jesus returns for his own, he will return personally to those who already have a relationship with him. Jesus said that our good deeds for God are worthless unless we have a relationship with him. [36] The only thing that will count when we die or see him return is knowing him.[37]

So, how do we get to know him? If you have never invited Jesus to be your Savior and Lord of your life, then prayerfully tell Him you want to be in His family.

Since Jesus knows your every thought, simply talk to him, thanking him for dying for you and telling Him you want Him as your Lord. According to Jesus, those who personally put their faith in Him and receive Him into their lives are given the right to become children of God.[38] John writes,

“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name.” John 1:12, Amp.

If you have invited Jesus into your life, when He returns, He will embrace you as one of His beloved children, completely forgiven of all your sins.

We encourage you to read more about how Jesus’ death on the cross provides forgiveness of your sins and total acceptance by God.  click here to read the article “Is Jesus Relevant Today?

Obeying Jesus

Jesus’ return will be followed by a judgment at which time everyone’s thoughts and deeds will be open before him.[39] Although forgiveness of sin is based on our faith in Jesus alone, we should want to please Him with our lives, and reach others with His message of forgiveness.

According to Jesus, those who live for Him in obedience will receive rewards. He says,

My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”[40]He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”[41]

The Apostle John then responds enthusiastically, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”[42]

As Jesus’ return approaches, we need to examine our lives to make sure we are preparing to meet Him. The words of the Apostle Paul remind us of what our aim should be.

It is our aim, therefore, to please him, whether we are “at home” or “away”. For every one of us will have to stand without pretense before Christ our judge, and we shall be rewarded for what we did when we lived in our bodies, whether it was good or bad.

The very spring of our actions is the love of Christ. We look at it like this: if one died for all men then, in a sense, they all died, and his purpose in dying for them is that their lives should now be no longer lived for themselves but for him who died and rose again for them.” 2 Cor. 5:9-10; 14-15. J. B. Phillips

Obedience to Christ should be in response to His great love for us. To learn more about how to obey Jesus, read “Obeying God Faithfully.

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