The enormously essential day for Christians is the Savior’s return from Heaven as LORD. His entire life, ministry, sacrifice, resurrection and authority make that DAY inevitable.
UNTIL towering iridescent Cloud-Chariots ferry him into sight, accompanied by millions of angels to harvest history. UNTIL loud trumpet blasts tear time and space apart, accompanied by Christ’s stentorian summons that awakens all the dead and changes all the living, Christians face the same uncertainty as Nelson’s sailors at Trafalgar: they pay the price of shooting and being shot; harming and being harmed; killing and being killed. While the national cause seemed sure to succeed, individual sailors could suffer exponentially. Indeed, no one considered the ultimate price would be Nelson’s own death at the hand of a sharp shooter.
Would they survive the battle?, English sailors wondered. Christians also wonder: will our service for Jesus succeed; will we make a difference in any one else’s life; will we leave any situation better, or worse, for having been involved?
We can no more eliminate the price we pay to serve Jesus than he escaped the price paid to forgive us. We can no more reach everyone, convince everyone, be popular with everyone than he.
As an encouragement, first, we may not be alive to witness Christ’s return. If not, we shall be among those first raised with new bodies. Second, remember that it’s God’s nature to bring to completion all that’s incomplete. He took 1500 years to complete what he began with Moses. He has taken over 2000 years to complete what he began when Jesus rose from the dead. Let us celebrate what we know is coming from God by delighting in what has already come.
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