I like to call this song my "happy little ditty." That is, until it gets to the last verse.
And surely as I live I do know this to be true
Jesus will return and it will be brutal, too
I realize that this probably makes people uncomfortable. To that I say, good. Scripture isn't easy to swallow! Jesus died for us, yes! This is fabulous news! Because of His death, burial, and resurrection, we are able to walk in freedom! BUT...
That is not the end of the story, friends! Jesus is coming back, and He's bringing some serious ferocity with Him.
"Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and He judges and makes war in righteousness. His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns were on His head...His name is the Word of God" (Revelation 19:11-12a,13b, HCSB).
We can't just sit and be comfortable in the happy, easy-to-swallow parts of Scripture. Jesus wants to spit such lukewarm people out of His mouth! We have to soak up all that God has to teach us, no matter how confusing, convicting, or uncomfortable it may be.
Some will cry, and some will die, and some will go hide...
"They will go into the caves of the rocks and the crevices in the cliffs, away from the terror of the LORD and from His majestic splendor, when He rises to terrify the earth" (Isaiah 2:21, HCSB).
"The rest were killed with the sword that came from the mouth of the rider on the horse..." (Revelation 19:21a, HCSB).
We don't know how to stomach things like this, when all we've been taught is "Jesus loves me this I know..." I mean, what about God's terror and majestic splendor will drive people to hide in caves and rocks? What is Scripture trying to say about the sword in Jesus' mouth?
Listen, sin is real. Hell is real. God's judgement is real.
I do not write this to convict followers of Christ. Remember, "...there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8:1-2, NIV).
No, I write these things to wake us up. People all around us are starving for the knowledge of Jesus Christ. People need to hear the gospel. They need to know that He can save their souls, too.
So, I'm challenging you.
I challenge you to live your life believing that Jesus is who He says He is. I challenge you to let the truth of Scripture dwell in your heart. I challenge you to let Scripture leak out into your daily conversations. I challenge you to fall in love with Jesus all over again.
But I know my Lord's returning
Yes, to come save His bride
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed. I also saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband" (Revelation 21:1-2, HCSB).
The Bible may be an old book, but it's truth still stands. Jesus is coming again. He is. And we, His followers, we are His bride! Let us work to purify our hearts! Let's deny our flesh, and take up our crosses. Let's genuinely follow Jesus and set this perishing world aside. Let's count it all loss compared to knowing the Lord.
"Then I heard a loud voice from the throne:
Look! God's dwelling is with humanity,
and He will live with them.
They will be His people,
and God Himself will be with them
and be their God.
He will wipe away every tear
from their eyes.
Death will no longer exist;
grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
because the previous things have passed away"
(Revelation 21:3-4, HCSB).
This is good news! Jesus, our Messiah, who God promised would come in Genesis 3, all throughout Scripture, is finally coming!
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