Still, We Wait

JudgmentIllustration:  “The Last Judgment” by Michelangelo, finished in 1541.  Fresco, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.

See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray” (Matthew 24:4-5).

What now? Jesus has been ascended to sit at His Father’s right hand in heaven. He has gone before us to prepare a place for us, but now it has been almost 2,000 years since His resurrection. It seems like some of the things He said must happen are being done: the Gospel of Christ has been preached to many, if not all, the nations. In the last hundred years more Jewish people have come to faith in Jesus than in the history of the church! There have been wars, rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and persecution of the Church (Matthew 24:6-14). What should I be doing while I wait for His return?

As popular movies and books about the end times have heightened our awareness of the signs of God’s plan, our call is to focus on and point others to Jesus. Many people who never considered spiritual things before are asking questions. The most important answer we can ever give to questions about the end times is that Jesus is the Way of salvation. He is the only Christ.

Prayer: Lord, use me to show Yourself to people who have questions about the end times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

As We Wait: Ask a non-Christian friend what he or she believes the end of the world will be like. Be prepared to share your hope in Jesus, who is preparing a place in heaven for you.

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