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Scripture: Luke 12:40
Broadcast date: 09/28/2015

In the fall of 1931, something happened to me that changed my life and all of eternity for me! Guess what it was?  Yes, you are right, it was the time I asked the dear Lord to come into my heart and take away all my sins.  As a ten-year-old boy, I promised to follow Him all of my life.  I have followed Jesus now for 84 years—sometimes I have drifted away from the Lord, but He never drifted away from me, thanks to His goodness and grace.  I didn’t know anything about the Bible where God promises never to leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5).  But that didn’t make any difference, Jesus was always with me, bless His Name.  And do you know what, Jesus has always kept His Word.  One of the truths that really touched my heart was the promise that Jesus would come again someday.  That has always intrigued me because as a young teenager I thought it might happen that same day.  But it was not the Lord’s will to return at that time.  So, I wondered, when Jesus WILL come again.  I know He will come again because He promised to do so.  But now, after 84 years of waiting, and no return, one wonders when.  We do not wonder if Jesus will come, no question about that, but when.  St. Luke warns us not to become complacent.  He writes, “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when he think not.” (Luke 12:40).

In other words, we should live in expectancy that the Savior might come at any moment.  And won’t that be the day when He comes again.  St. Paul tells us that, “the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we be ever with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (I Thess. 4:16-18).  Now the second coming of Christ really shines with hope and victory so that believers everywhere take heart, take comfort, and stand true of the Savoir.  So the hope of Jesus coming again becomes a very important doctrine of the church.  It becomes a doctrine that brings joy to the believer’s heart.   But let me warn you, dear friend of mine, if you are not ready to meet God, it is not a glorious time at all, it is a ghastly time because it means coming judgement and torment forever from the presence of the Lord.  Are you ready?  Are you prepared to meet God?  Listen to God warn all of us, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36).  Friend, I do not know how you could write it any plainer.  If you have Jesus, you have heaven; if you do not have Jesus, you have everlasting torment.  I pray with all my heart that you will just now ask Jesus to come into your heart and take away your sin.  Promise Jesus to forsake sin and live for Him.  That is called repentance, Jesus taught that plainly.  So, yes, Jesus is coming again.  I pray you will be ready.