Do you remember many years ago the image of a guy walking the streets with a placard or a sandwich board with this message?
Well with the summer heat really upon us right now, it seems to get hotter every year. Global warming is becoming a reality and the forecasters want to tell us that it will get warmer still in the years to come. Add to this the political upheaval in countries such as Sri Lanka and the awful war in Ukraine, it is little wonder people feel doom and gloom is all around us. People will tell you the end is coming, but Jesus said in Matthew 24 verses 6-8
“You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
The end will come, but in God’s timing not ours. When will it come? Jesus’ last words to his followers in Acts 1:7;He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.”
It seems almost certain we are living in the end times and Jesus will return again soon, but rather than concern ourselves over when that date might be, we should be more concerned about preparing ourselves for his return. As good citizens, it is our responsibility to care for this amazing planet that God has given us as a home. It is our responsibility to help those distressed by war and political upheaval, but more so, it is our responsibility to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming again.
If Jesus were to walk into your house just now, would you be prepared to meet Him? It may not be a question that we want to contemplate, but is one that we would be foolish to ignore. Whether in our life time or many years down the road, Jesus will return and we will need to face the question. There is no more solid ground to stand on than the surety of faith in Jesus.
The prophet Isaiah said “Do not fear or be shaken! There is no other rock of shelter; I know not one.”
No matter what happens in our lives, be it the effects of extreme temperature or wars and political unrest, there is no more solid ground to stand on than the name of Jesus.
Why not come and learn more? We meet every Sunday 11am at the event room above Trevi Bar, Camposol B. You will be very welcome.