Friday, June 12, 2009

The Day of The Lord

“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you.
2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
3 While people are saying, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
(1Thess. 5:1-11 ESV)

What are you concerned most about in your life? Is it the economy, politics, the greenhouse effect or global warming? Or are you worried about the insanity that is going on in North Korea, our beloved troops fighting overseas; maybe closer to home – where is the next crazy person going to pop up and start shooting innocent U.S. citizens? Each of these subjects carries a certain measure of merit over which you can justifiably be concerned. But I am asking you to consider a more personal matter – your destiny.

Something of much greater import is approaching and the question is, “Are you ready for it?” In the above Scripture passage, the Apostle Paul refers to it as “the Day of the Lord” (verse 2). What is it? It is a reference to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It will happen when you least expect it. It will be sudden and final. Once Jesus returns, there is no asking Him for second chances. Sudden destruction will come upon the person who is not living for Jesus Christ. The unbeliever will not escape the wrath of God. You can continue to sleep your life away. You can get drunk and live in a fantasy world all your own. But the fact of His Coming will not go away.

The Day of the Lord is close in two ways:
(1.) you could die without Christ today or
(2.) Jesus could visibly come to bring judgment of this earth.

The Scripture says,

27 “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Heb 9:27-28 ESV).

If you die, then you face the judgment. If “the Day of the Lord” occurs, you will still face the judgment. The question is, “How will you face the judgment?” Jesus came the first time to deal with the sin of His people on the Cross. Are you of the Light or are you of the Darkness? Do you eagerly await His return, or do you try to deny the truth of it? The fact is, whether you look for Jesus to come, or deny His existence, He is still coming.

Are you ready for “the Day of the Lord?”

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