Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.
I want to talk to you today, but not about His Coming, but our going. Before I say this to you, let me say this. I believe that Heaven is nearer than its ever been.
At any moment The Savior could rise from His throne, catch away His Church, and command the tribulation to begin. I believe this will happen one day, as much as I believe there are mountains and trees. I don’t know when, but I know it will happen.
Yet, Jesus said, even if it’s not My time yet, ours is always present. Any day could be our last. No I’m not trying to be morbid, only realistic. Let’s be realistic for a few minutes. Before you dismiss it, let me ask you two questions.
First, suppose there is something more beyond this life? If that’s the case, let me ask you my second question. If there is something else, do you want to wait til then to prepare for it? Now that I’ve asked you two questions, let me make two suggestions.
Suggestion number one, most faiths agree on a few things. One of them is this, when this life is over, there’s some reckoning over the events of this life. Also, this life is much shorter than eternity.
Suggestion number two. If the above questions are true, then today is best day to prepare for a tomorrow that could happen at any time. Any of us could go into the unknown at any time.
I think, most will agree the universe exists. Unless your a theoretical scientist, we are all here. If we’re here, and if there’s an after this, someone planned it. Some One is waiting on the other side.
Now, I’ll stop you right there. Many are going to say, but how do you determine Who is out there? Which faith has proven itself as true? I would ask, which one had an Exodus, and a Crucifixion? You see most, even non Christians, agree on both an Exodus and a Crucifixion.
Oh they argue about miracles, the crossing of the Red Sea, and a Resurrection, but let me ask you this. If there is evidence that they left, and that Christ’s not only died, but that His tomb is empty, isn’t it logical they happened too? If that’s the case, doesn’t it mean that Jesus is Who He says He is?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
I believe Jesus is Who He says He is, and that He not only planned for after, but planned for you and I. If all this is the case, if The Planner and the plan exists, then shouldn’t you at least look at the blueprint? If you’re going on a trip, shouldn’t you look at the map?
Jesus said, Come to me, and I will give you rest. Wouldn’t it be nice to rest easy about tomorrow? To know that when our time is up, everything is taken care of? Jesus wasn’t trying to worry you about tomorrow, or His coming. Instead He wants to reassure us, if we’ll listen.
There will be an end, there will be an after, and there will be a reckoning. There will be joy for many, and sorrow for many, but we can choose which of the two groups we are a part of. I encourage you today, to choose life, choose hope, to choose Christ. I know I have, and my life is full, because He is in it!