IN ACTS 1:11, two angels testified vividly of the second coming of Christ saying
_”…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven”
Jesus came the first time, born of a woman, grew among the people and was crucified. He died, rose and ascended to heaven. He will come back for His chaste Church one day soon. And those of us who believe His first coming cannot doubt His second coming. Yes, Jesus Christ will come again. This time not to live among His people, but shall appear in the heavens, to catch up His bride, the Church. However, the exact season, hour and time is not stated in the scriptures.
Because of this, His second coming is often compared to the way a thief or robber comes. A thief does not announce a specific time prior to his coming. He comes any time he wishes and needs no permission from the landlord. A wise and vigilant landlord always makes sure his place is well locked up and secure . He wakes up at the sound of the least commotion, and is very watchful of the happenings around him. He takes nothing for granted.
We naturally experience apprehension whenever we think of a possible appearance of a thief.
But there is a group of people who are not expecting Jesus’ coming with apprehension in the same way a thief comes, because Jesus is the Author of their salvation and He’s also their deliverer. He isn’t a thief, though He likens the sudden and swift manner of His appearance to that of a thief’s. This group are watchful, sober Children of the Light. In fact, they are expecting Him to come! They will not be surprised at all if Jesus should appear this very hour. They have been living in anticipation of His coming for sometime now, daily watching to see if that day would announce His coming. Thus, they are ever ready within any time frame scheduled in the calendar of Almighty God. Our big brother Paul clearly says
_*”But you, brethren, are NOT in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief”* (1 Thess 5:4)._
Paul is saying here that it would be a surprise for any born again believer not to be living in anticipation of that day, expecting it, because they live in broad daylight of God’s word, and must see movements of the “thief”. It shouldn’t take them by surprise.
To those who are in darkness, His coming will be to them the way a thief comes; but those in the light He is coming as their glorious Lord. Anyone who thinks Jesus is coming the way a thief comes and so lives ignorantly may definitely miss Him, because a thief normally gets hold of the unprepared ones (Matt 24:23).
But Jesus is coming for a prepared people. That’s the major difference. And this is why He admonishes us to be watchful, to *stay awake!*
Therefore, Cherished one, within all the busy schedules and activities, keep it in your heart and mind that Jesus is coming as your Master and Lord and be ready at anytime.*
Be watchful; Don’t let that Day overtake you as a thief would. Don’t be apprehensive of that day since that would only mean that you are not prepared to see your Savior. Then you should be really working on a few things in your life. For we are here on a temporal journey.
Oh yeah, the feeling should be one of expectancy. Let our hearts beat and sing in glad anticipation of His coming. The King will be back very soon. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
Maranatha, Lord Jesus.