To Love His Appearing
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
~2 Timothy 4:8
A minister preached on the second coming. After the service a woman came up to him and said, “Young man, I am just as good a Christian as you are.” He said, “I don’t doubt that at all.” She said, “I love the Lord as much as you do and I’m old enough to be your mother.”
“I can’t deny it,” said he.
“I know the Bible as well as you do,” she continued.
“I do not doubt that either,” he replied.
“Well,” she said, “I love the Lord, but I don’t want Him to come in my day.”
“Now, Mother,” said the preacher, “suppose a young man and a young woman should fall in love and marry, and he should say, ‘Dear, I must go off to Europe. I am to have a great job over there. When I have started to work and built a home, I am going to come back for you.’ He promises to write her letters, and the letters begin to come. She reads them and takes them to her friends, and reads them over and over. She says, ‘Oh, isn’t it wonderful? Isn’t he the grandest man in all the world, but I hope he doesn’t come back in my day.’ Don’t you think there would be something wrong with a person like that?”
The woman saw the point and admitted her misunderstanding, and through this illustration was able to comprehend much better the impact of God’s love for her and all mankind.
“If Jesus should come at this moment, To catch up with Him in the air
All those who love His appearing, Forever to be with Him there,
How would He find you? I wonder – Watching, waiting, faithful, true?
Dearly beloved, consider – How is it with you?”
To be among those for whom Jesus comes – this is the supreme hope of the human heart. God grant that when Jesus comes He will come for you.
This time He is not coming to die on a cross, but to end sin and death. His is mindful of your sufferings; and, in the great day of His appearing He will take them all away. He knows what to do for every trouble and how to make all things right. He will establish His kingdom of righteousness and banish all cares that weigh down the heart with sorrow. War, tyranny over the weak, oppression of the poor, and weapons of destruction with their constant threat of death will all be removed.
How much it means to be ready when Jesus comes! What a thrill to see Him face to face and to feel His arm around you thrown! How will it be to meet Him in peace and hear Jesus speak your name? What joy awaits you, living with Him through the endless ages of eternity! When Jesus comes for you – that is the most satisfying experience that can ever come into any human heart. May that experience be yours.
~Family Bible Studies p57-59