Christ’s second coming will be swift and sudden
“Watch, therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect,” (Matt. 24:42-44).
Ordinarily, the season of advent is a reminder that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will come again. However, His coming this time around is to judge. But the fear is that His second coming would be swift and sudden. Impliedly, there will be no opportunity for last minute repentance or bargaining. The choice we make now will determine our eternal destiny. Yet, the choice must be made.
The Bible says, “but of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven but My Father only,”
(Matt. 24:36). A Bible commentator now said of it that “it is good that we don’t know exactly when Christ will return. If we knew the date, we might be tempted to be lazy in our work for Christ. Worst yet, we might plan to keep sinning and then turn to God right at the end. Heaven is not our goal, we have work to do here. And we must keep on doing it until death or until we see the unmistakable return of our Saviour.”
Notice, believers can no longer live anyhow or carelessly rather they need to watch and pray. But how are we preparing for His second coming? I still can feel it and I believe it is true “Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left,” (Matt. 24:40-41). Therefore, if one is taking and another is left, the question that should disturb us then should be, where will the one left spend his/her eternity? This then calls for sober reflection and meditation because no one can be too sure of who will be the one that will be left at the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Seriously, we need to watch for we do not know the hour. Also, what we read, the company we keep and the things we do should be of concern at this material time. How do they promote our relationship with God? Remember, the suddenness and swiftness of His coming should assist us to spend more time in prayer. For, if we are not on guard, no one will remember the good we had done in the past. We are likely to be judged by what is obtainable at the time of His coming. Are we ready?
It is very unfortunate, many still conduct themselves as if the end will never come. They cheat, kill, do all manner of evil as reflective of the moment without recourse to the divine. To this category of people let it be stated that the coming of Christ is eminent they need to beware! Remember, no one can successfully wish away the second coming of Christ. What should be uppermost in our hearts now should be on how to have a relationship with Him. We need Jesus as Lord and personal Saviour, no compromise.
Therefore, every child of God should be ready and must not be taken unawares. The time to be on guard is now. We join the hymn writer in Ancient and Modern
51 stanza one to meditatively sing:
Lo, He comes with clouds descending
Once for favoured sinners slain;
Thousand thousands Saints attending
Swell the triumph of His train
Alleluia (3 twice)
Christ appears on earth to reign
Ven. Ernest Onuoha, Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.