Theologians and Bible students enjoy debating issues of eschatology - the doctrine of "end times" found in biblical prophecy. At times these discussions get heated and churches have divided over different interpretations of Scripture. Several years ago, an African pastor studying in the US witnessed one of these debates and responded afterwards with these profound words: "In Africa, we know two things: Jesus is coming back, and we must be ready!"
This pastor wisely summarized the heart of Jesus' teaching to His disciples about His promised return. First, Jesus provides comfort by assuring us that He will, in fact return! Second, He calls us to live out our faith in Him with focused expectation and dedication to His will while we wait for Him.
How often on a daily basis do we think about Jesus' return? How does the reality that He could return at any moment impact our decisions and priorities? If you're like me, not often enough! Perhaps 2000 years of waiting have dulled our sense of anticipation and caused us to doubt His word of promise! Let God energize your heart today by embracing the truth that Jesus will return to take us to the place in heaven He has prepared for us (John 14:1-6). And it could be today!