Last week, you might recall, that we continued in our series titled “Why Jesus Must Come Back,” and we dealt with why THE IMMINENCY OF JESUS’ COMING CALLS FOR AWARENESS. The week before that, we dealt with why Jesus’ coming calls for alertness. This week, we are going to talk about why THE IMMINENCY OF JESUS’ COMING CALLS FOR ACTIVITY. In case you missed last week, we talked about why THE IMMINENCY OF JESUS’ COMING CALLS FOR AWARENESS, and we discussed three things that we should be aware of as we await the second coming of Christ. Allow me to share those briefly:
I. WE MUST BE AWARE OF ALL THAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR US IN THE PAST.
I Corinthians 15:1-4 reads: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
II. WE MUST BE AWARE OF THE GREATNESS OF WHAT HE WILL DO FOR US IN THE FUTURE – THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 says, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.”
III. WE MUST BE AWARE THAT ONE DAY WE ALL WILL FACE THE SON OF GOD IN JUDGEMENT.
2 Corinthians 5:9-10, “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”
Today, allow me to talk with you for a few minutes about why THE IMMINENCY OF JESUS’ COMING CALLS FOR ACTIVITY. ALERTNESS. AWARENESS. AND NOW ACTIVITY.
We must engage in the work that Jesus Christ has left us to do. This is aptly covered by the Great Commission. We are told to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We must be busy; we must be active in doing the task that He has given unto us.
A preacher tells a story about an experience he had at the church he pastored regarding the second coming of Christ. He said, “When I pastored a small church in Alabama, I gave a series of sermons on the second coming of Jesus Christ. In the course of my messages, I emphasized the fact that He might come at any moment and that we should be ready to meet Him. A lady of the church wrote to one of the popular pastors of the day, asking him his opinion of the second coming. She stated in the letter that I had been preaching that Christ would come at any moment and that we must be watching for His coming. She told the fine doctor that I was a premillennialist and believed in the imminency of the return of Christ.”
The preacher goes on to say, “In a few days a letter came back from this leader. In the first paragraph he told the lady, ‘I do believe in the premillennial, imminent return of Jesus Christ.’ He went on to give a few statements about his faith in the return of Christ. Then in the second paragraph he said, ‘Though I believe in the second coming, I do not preach it, for I feel that it destroys the interest of people in the work of missions and soul winning.’
What a gross misunderstanding this leader had about the whole doctrine was in the mind of this leader! Yes, Christ is coming, and He may come at any moment. This simply means that we must be more busy and doing the tasks that He has assigned to us.
I. WE MUST BE ACTIVE IN SERVICE SO THAT WE MIGHT GLORIFY GOD.
John 17:4-7 reads: I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
This prayer from Jesus Christ should mean more to us than we could ever express in words. Christ is our Saviour, our Lord, our Master and our King. By every means we should try to glorify His name. Jesus tells us in John 17 that when He walked upon the earth He glorified the Father. He said in John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” The entire portion indicates that we must be busy in bringing glory to our heavenly Father and to our Saviour by the activity of our lives.
II. WE MUST BE ACTIVE SO THAT WE MIGHT BRING SOULS TO THE LORD JESUS.
Matthew 28:18-20 reads: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Bringing people to Jesus Christ is our main task. We must not fail. Acts 1:8 says: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Jesus Christ commands us to witness for Him. One of the greatest joys you will ever have in this life is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with another person. A greater joy is to see them come to know your Saviour as their Saviour. So plant the seed everywhere you go and allow God to use you to “turn many from darkness to light.”
My friend, don’t let anything get in the way of you sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your friends, your family members, your co-workers, and anybody else who you know does not know the Lord.
III. WE MUST BE ACTIVE IN THE WORK THAT CHRIST HAS CALLED US TO DO BECAUSE ONE DAY OUR WORKS WILL BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT.
I Corinthians 3:13-15 reads:
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
We discussed this Judgment seat briefly last week — When Jesus Christ returns, we, as Christians, are going to be judged — not for salvation but for our works and service unto the Lord. Every man’s work will be tested. If our works have been built of lasting materials such as gold, silver and precious stones, our works will pass this test by fire and we will receive a reward. But if our works are made of wood, hay and stubble, they will not pass this test by fire. We will not lose our salvation, but we will lose rewards.
Now, you may be wondering exactly what we will be judged for at the judgment seat of Christ. Well, based upon the Word of God, John MacArthur states that Christ will judge three things in the life of the believer at this judgment.
1. He will judge our motives.
2. He will judge our conduct.
3. He will judge the use of our spiritual gifts.
We have been discussing for these moments the imminency of the coming of Jesus Christ. Are you ready for His coming? Are you prepared to stand before Him? Is your life counting for Him?
In the time that we have, let us be busy. We may have hours. We may have days. We may have weeks. We may have years. We know not; but in the time that we have, we must be busy. Christ is coming!
It is an easy thing to make our plans and announce what we will do. A man and his wife were sitting in a restaurant. Just behind them were two couples. They were talking about their vacation and what they were going to do. One said, “We will spend tonight in Fort Lauderdale.” The others went on to comment on plans for the future. But you see, the plans that they were making may never take place. There may be car trouble, a car accident, a heart attack. A thousand things could hinder their arrival at Fort Lauderdale.
But when Jesus says, “I will come again” — He is coming. Nothing will hinder Him. He may come at any moment.
Yes, the imminency of Jesus Christ’s coming calls for activity. Are you active in service for the Lord today?
Dear friend, if the Lord came back at this moment, would you be ready to meet Him? If He came tonight, tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, or a year from now, would you be ready to meet your Creator? If you are not ready for the imminent return of Jesus Christ, allow me to show you from God’s Word how you can get ready:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.