Looking Up

 
Read: Revelation 1
 
Several weeks ago people traveled many miles, filled football stadiums, campgrounds, and roadways to look up and view the solar eclipse. As I saw pictures on the news and across social media of people looking up to the sky it made me think of how the Bible describes Jesus’ second coming.
 

 
In Revelation 1:7 it says, “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him.” Some day Jesus will return to take believers with him to heaven. The Bible is clear to say that the day and hour of this return is unknown by those living on earth.
 
But when it does happen I picture all eyes looking up to the sky and seeing Jesus coming with the clouds. Will people be anticipating that day with the same kind of enthusiasm and excitement? One thing is sure, we won’t have time to order cardboard glasses for the event.
 
In Matthew 24:36-42 Jesus himself says this about his return, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
 
Jesus encourages us to keep watch and be ready for that day. To be ready means to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and make him the Lord of your life. Receive his gift of saving grace and live each and every day according to his example and God’s Word. Be prepared, it could be tomorrow that everyone is looking up again.
 
Make it Personal: Are you personally prepared for that day? Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Today is a great day to turn to Jesus, connect with other believers, and allow God to help you find his purpose for you in life.
Many blessings, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church