The Exhorter

Love the Appearing of Jesus

It is apparent that a great event can bring forth many different emotions on the part of human beings. God’s word reveals how the death Christ should move us to love and look forward to the future appearing of Jesus. Yet, on the other hand, His return will cause others to lament as they fail to presently recognize the purpose of Jesus dying on the cross for their sins.

Paul also spoke of those who would love the appearing of Jesus when He returns. The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of what Jesus came into the world to accomplish. Yes, in the future we know Jesus will appear with His mighty angels, and as His followers we will be glorified in that appearing of Jesus, while on the other hand many will fear His appearing as they face judgment for not believing in God and obeying the gospel of Christ (2 Thess. 1:6-10).

There is another picture that is drawn for us in Hebrews 9:26 – “but now (in the time of the New Testament writings), once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” We are called upon to adore that revelation of Jesus. We look back on Jesus’s birth, life, and death with great love.

In 2 Tim. 1:8-10 we see Paul express the importance of not being ashamed of the testimony of our Lord. He called upon fellow believers “to join with me in the suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling that is not of works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immorality to light through the gospel.”
     Consider and think about your place in this powerful expression of God’s purpose through His Son. What emotions should rise in our hearts and minds?

When we go to the table of the Lord, let’s examine our hearts and our love for our Savior. Herein lies the power of God working in His children who are remembering His Son’s appearing. Let us partake, looking back, knowing God’s love for us in allowing His Son to appear once for all sins. We know a crown of righteousness is awaiting all who love the appearing of Jesus (1 Tim. 4:8).       Ron Drumm