Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 (NIV).
Paul is re-iterating what we talked about yesterday: we don’t know the date and time of Christ’s return, only that He will return. It will happen on God’s timeline, in a moment the Father has chosen and only He knows. Furthermore, it’s ok for us to not know. Jesus Himself said that it wasn’t for us to know. That wasn’t a rebuke or a “diss:” it was simply stating a fact that it isn’t our place as children of God to know all that God the Father is thinking. Not even Jesus Himself, the Son, knew (or knows).
Yet this verse is the best one in the Bible to justify what we’ve been saying these last few days: be ready now.
Thieves come to steal your things without you knowing. Tornados sometimes strike without warning; lightning always does. Stock market crashes happen unpredictably. North Korea is still as wily as it always has been. Toddlers do crazy things without any rhyme or reason. What’s the point?
Things happen in an instant, usually without our knowing ahead of time.
So it will be with the end of all things. Whether it happens in a predicted Rapture or in a single moment when all the world will see Jesus in the clouds and bow to acknowledge Him as Lord, it will happen in a flash. We won’t know exactly when. We may indeed see signs of it approaching; indeed, the Bible says there will be signs, if we are wise enough to interpret them. They will point to events coming like a storm front on the horizon.
ALL of them will point to one thing and one thing alone: the coming of Christ will happen when God Himself determines, not us. Our only task is to be ready for it.
Be ready now. Get to know Jesus now. Confess to Him; let Him befriend you. Talk with Him. Cry to Him. Be angry to Him, scream at Him, open your heart and dearest soul to Him, be “real” with Jesus. Do it now, to claim your place in heaven now. He already has it ready for you, and He already knows what’s on your heart. Jesus doesn’t want you to be forced to come to him, compelled like a slave under threat of the whip; that’s not how love goes. Jesus wants you to come to Him willingly, as a brother, sister, friend, and penitent. Everything that needs to be done to wipe out your guilt and your sin has already been done. He simply wants you to see it, and then see Him.
Do it now. Be ready now.
For further reading: Acts 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:3.
I’m ready to meet You now, Lord Jesus. Come soon.