WATCHING AND WAITING
“You need to persevere, so that after you have done God’s will, you will receive what He has promised. For, “In just a very while little, He who is coming will come and will not delay”” (Hebrews 10:37)
Just recently I shared a post about the return of the Lord Jesus and it was interesting to note how a number of folk shared that they do not hear this message preached in their churches anymore. I ask the question again … “How long has it been since you last heard a sermon or message in your church or on TV and Radio about the Lord’s return and the Rapture or catching away of the Church?”
The Word of God, the Bible, is very clear about the events of both His first coming and His return. If the first coming of Christ was fulfilled to the letter, why should His second coming not be fulfilled to the finest detail? It will.
For those who have never come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, time is running out. We do not know the day or the hour, but we do know that His coming is imminent!
The Bible tells us very clearly:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father… Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. … So, you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Matthew 24:36,42 & 44)
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. … Therefore, keep watch … What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” (Mark 13:32,33 & 37)
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36)
To illustrate the difference between “watching” and simply “waiting”, I will share two examples I heard recently. They get their point across very well:
The story is told of sailors returning to harbour following active service during the war. There were crowds of people on the dock cheering and watching to see the first glimpse of their loved one. There was one sailor, however, that had no one there to greet him. He returned home and found his wife at home busy in the kitchen. When he walked into the kitchen she turned around and said, “I’ve been waiting for you”. Waiting but not watching. Expecting his return some time, but not actively watching to see if he would be aboard that particular vessel that returned that day.
The other true story was an example given by Charles H Spurgeon during one of his sermons about the return of the Lord. He stated that even whilst he was busy preaching to his congregation, his dogs would be eagerly watching for his return home from church. They knew he would be coming back and they were actively watching and listening! As soon as they heard the sound of his carriage coming along the road, they would rush to the front door and be ready to greet him.
Are you eagerly watching and waiting for your Saviour’s return?
Did you know that there is a crown of righteousness awaiting those who are longing for His appearing?
“In the future there is reserved for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that [great] day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and longed for and welcomed His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8 – Amplified version). Another version puts it like this… “to all who crave His appearing”
Are you eagerly watching and longing for His appearing?
He could come today!
Are you ready?