“… to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 6:14 (NIV).
That’s the rub of it, isn’t it? Keeping the command (to be made righteous in the sight of God by the love of Jesus) is a tough thing. We like our control. Me, I messed it up yesterday in more than a few ways. You did too. Let’s not list all the ways we failed yesterday because it misses the point. Confess your sins to God in private; I’ll do the same.
But remember this: Jesus saw it; God the Father saw it; God the Spirit saw it. He/They saw every time me and you did and said awful things yesterday. He knew them when we thought them. We repeatedly demonstrated it; He saw it every time.
And He loved us anyway. He loved us though we spit in His eye. He felt dirty when we felt dirty because He loves us enough to go through what we go through. He knew we wouldn’t keep His command, not even the easy one to just love each other. He knew it, and He loved us anyway. He loved us enough to provide air, water, food, shelter, and anything you know of yesterday and today. He blesses us with provision, with His love that we get to share with each other.
He COMPLETELY forgives. Always and every time.
He loves us enough to come back again to rescue us because He doesn’t want our eternity to be marred. He promised to come back and He kept all His words the first time around, so His promise is reliable. He loves us and said He’s coming back, so we can believe it.
When is He coming back? Look up the details in Daniel, Revelation, 2 Thessalonians, and the other prophecies. You will won’t find the date and time. Could be today; could be in a thousand years. Be ready now.
But also get ready to have your world rocked: He’s already here. He came back to you already. Here, now, in the flesh…your flesh.
Yep: Jesus will physically come back in majesty the way He said He would. Yet His Spirit is in us now. It’s Him, part of Him, part of the Trinity that He is. He lives and acts and thinks and loves through you. He’s with us during the secret sins; He’s there to walk us back away from them in repentance. And He’s there in praise, speaking when we don’t know how to. Jesus will come back in His body and all the world will see Him, but the world can see Him now through us.
Do they? Do we show Him in us? Yes, that’s the rub of it.
For further reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Timothy 1:10, 1 Timothy 6:13-21.
Mighty Jesus, I let You down yesterday; I’m a sinner. Forgive me and guide me to show You better today.