One More Promise To Go

April 7th, 2022

If someone had made 100 promises to you and had faithfully kept 99 of them, you would expect the one remaining to come true as well, right?

God of the Bible, and Jesus Christ the Son of God, have fulfilled every promise in the Bible, save one.  Jesus hasn’t yet come back.  But He will.

I was raised in a small Southern Baptist church.  My Dad was my pastor most of those years.  I remember the old wooden Pulpit from which the Pastor preached.  I remember the old wooden pews in which we sat.  I remember the hymnbook racks in the backs of those old pews.  I remember the hymnals in those pew racks.  And I remember many of the old hymns in the pages of those hymnals.  Many of those old hymns talked about Jesus’ return.  It’s been roughly 50 years since I was a boy and sang those hymns from my Dad’s church.  I have sang them many times since in many other churches.  And I remember them like it was yesterday.

The old song by Bill Philips, “Jesus is Coming Soon”, was recorded by people from the Oak Ridge Boys to the Gaithers to the Temptations and many more.

Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon 

Many will meet their doom, trumpets will sound 

All of the dead shall rise, righteous meet in the skies 

Going where no one dies, heavenward bound

The version of this song I remember most is with my Uncle Clay B Pulley playing piano and his wife my Aunt Betty Pulley singing with him, and sometimes my Uncle Wally Taylor accompanying the bass lines.  To me, they beat the Oak Ridge Boys.

There are so many others old and new:  How Great Thou Art, The Lion & the Lamb,  O Come O Come Emmanuel, O Glorious Day, Even So Come, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, What A Day That Will Be, When The Roll is Called Up Yonder, The King is Coming, I’ll Fly Away, Midnight Cry, Hallelujah What A Savior, Jesus is Coming Again, Rise Again, We Shall Behold Him, Cornerstone,  It Is Well, Face To Face With Christ My Savior, and many, many more.

Why so many songs about the topic of Jesus’ return?  Because the indication of the return of Christ is all over the Bible.  The prophet Jeremiah said that at the Lord’s coming Jerusalem will be made the throne of His glory.  Ezekiel tells of a restored Jerusalem.  Zephaniah gives us a new song that He will teach Israel and describes the overthrow of the false Christ.  Matthew says Christ is like a bridegroom coming to receive his bride.  Mark describes Jesus’ return as a estate owner going on a long journey and entrusting tasks to certain servants until his return.  In Luke, Jesus is a nobleman going to a far country to do business and leaving his possessions with his servants to trade until his return.  John quotes Jesus as saying, “I go to prepare a place for you, and I will come again and receive you to myself.”  The final book of the Bible, the Book of the Revelation, tells of the return of Jesus Christ.

The Bible is full of promises.  Every promise, save this one, has been fulfilled.  This one will be fulfilled for certain.  It is the only one remaining.  Since every promise in the Bible has been true, you can bet your bottom dollar this one will be true also.

So, it is not a question of “if” it will happen, but “when”.  The Bible tells us we “do not know the day or hour but to stand ready”. 

So, are you ready? 

How do you prepare for such an event?

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

How do you prepare?  Basically, believe that Jesus is who He says that He is.  The Son of God who died on a cross as a man with never doing anything wrong, as a sacrifice to connect you back to God of the Creation, to pay the penalty for your sin, so that you might live forever.  And that he died and rose again to defeat death and pave the way for you to do the same.  If you but believe on Him and accept His sacrifice as the only atonement for your own wrongdoing.  And in doing so, inherit eternal life.  Then you can prepare for the return of Jesus.

Read of the story of Jesus in one of the Gospels, be in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John; all tell the story of Jesus. Look over to the book of Romans that explains clearly that all of us have done wrong and gives the path for coming back to God.  Believe that Jesus is the Son of God that died for your sins and rose for our victory over death.  And pray a prayer similar to this one:

“God, I know I have done wrong.  Please forgive me.  I believe that you are who you say you are in the Bible, and I believe that Jesus is your Son.  I accept that Jesus died for my sins and took the punishment in my place, and I believe that He rose again defeating death, and stands by God to help me in my time of need.  I believe that one day Jesus is coming again.  I accept you this day Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  Thank you for saving me, Jesus.”

If you have prayed a prayer like this, then in accordance to God’s Word, you are saved.  And you are forgiven your sins and will be in Heaven with Jesus when your time on earth is over.  It’s that simple.

And if you know that you are saved and forgiven and are already a follower of Christ, then are you ready for His return?  Are you acting in such a way to make God proud?  Are you helping others know of Jesus?

Would you act differently if you knew He was coming back today?

Greg Quinn