“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:12-13
Maybe it’s just me, but winter seems to linger and last forever! My friend Kelly is a gardener. She has had her seed packets since February and posted one cold winter day that she is going to have to wait two more months to plant her seeds. It’s excruciating, this time between winter and spring. Here in Kansas, even when spring is officially here, we still have rain and chilly temperatures. We don’t trust anything we plant to be protected before May. Winter is the longest season – and we have no choice but to be patient and wait for warmer weather. But the watchword is… ANTICIPATION! We prepare, then we wait!
Sometimes I’m tempted to feel the same way about the second coming of Christ. I want the Lord to hurry up – but He reminds me that not everyone is ready for His return. It makes me feel selfish, to be honest, but once that feeling passes, I realize that it’s just a reminder that I need to get to work! The Gospel is something to be shared, not hoarded. Our Lord wants everyone to be ready to make Heaven their eternal home!
Remember the Great Commission?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
I like the last part of this portion of Scripture: I am with you always, to the very end o the age. Do we know when that will be? Nope. Nobody knows except God Himself. Even Jesus won’t be privy to that information until it is time! So, while we’re waiting for the end of the age, we need to be busy in whatever way we can, sharing and caring for the lost souls around us.
Revelation says that Jesus is coming quickly. I’m sure you think as I do… “You call this QUICKLY” – ??? We’re not questioning God – we really aren’t. We’re just saying that the time between Christ’s resurrection and His second coming to earth has been a very long winter… but we wait with anticipation, knowing that one day the proverbial spring will arrive and we will be enjoying the most beautiful garden we’ve ever seen. The best news of all is that, we’ll never have to endure another winter again! 🙂