Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV).
Nobody in the ancient world knew precisely when the Messiah would appear. Scriptures recorded hundreds of prophecies, and each one contained a small piece of the overall prediction. Yet none of those gave the exact date and time and precise location. It was known He would be born in Bethlehem, and that he would be born of a virgin, and there were dozens of details about His life that were disclosed ahead of time. But nobody could put them all together to tell exactly when and where and even how all this would happen.
Until it did. Until then, it didn’t really matter.
Two thousand years later, most of the world still doesn’t believe this. Of those who do believe, many search intently with the greatest care to know the hour and minute that the Messiah will return in the manner He said He would. There are many reasons for this; some of them are even valid. Boil away those reasons, however, and we’re left with the best advice of all: be ready now.
Until it happens, it won’t matter. When it happens, it will have mattered most of all. Be ready. Receive Him and believe now. Do it today. You’ll find that everything you needed to do was already done by Him.
We can and should embrace salvation here and now because Jesus Christ gave us His Spirit to bring us salvation. He sent His Spirit at Pentecost and it has been at work worldwide ever since. We don’t need to know the date and time of Christ’s return to know that the salvation He gave can be ours right now. Predicting when Christ’s return happens is a fun exercise but it doesn’t matter much other than landing on “be ready.” What matters so much more is sharing Jesus in any number of ways with our fellow women and men who don’t believe in Him. Jesus died for them, too, and wants them to have His life everlasting the same as you or me. He gave us to them to share His invitation.
So do it now. Don’t waste another day. As Peter said, “the glories that would follow” are both the peace of God here and now and life through Him forever. Share His word in how you talk and act. Live out the Galatians 5 fruits of the Spirit in what you do. Share it in some way today. The Messiah has come, and gone, and will return. Until that happens, be ready now.
For further reading: Matthew 26:24, Acts 16:7, Galatians 5:22-23, 2 Peter 1:21, 1 Peter 1:12
Lord Jesus, come quickly. I’m ready now.