Revelation 22:20-21

The Return of Christ | Devotion #4: Revelation 22:20-21
Caleb Combs | Gathering Pastor 

Growing up, our youth group went to Hiawatha Youth Camp each summer. I have some incredible memories and friends I keep in touch with to this day made from the weeks on Piot Lake in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. One memory I have is of a girl singing a song. Her name was Angela Carpenter, and she sang the most impactful song I had ever heard in my life. The song was by Crystal Lewis and its called, “People get ready…Jesus is Comin.” I remember sitting in the auditorium as a thirteen-year-old boy thinking to myself about this song. I attached the lyrics and encourage you to check it out on YouTube, iTunes, or some other media source.

Lord, I’m ready now
I’m waiting for Your triumphant return
You’re coming so soon
This world has nothing for me
I find my peace and joy solely in You
Only in You
I want the world to see that
You’re alive and living well in me
Let me be a part of the harvest
For the days are few
He’s coming soon

People get ready Jesus is coming
Soon we’ll be going home
People get ready Jesus is coming
To take from the world His own

There will be a day
When we will be divided right and left
For those who know Him
And those who do not know
Those who know Him well
Will meet Him in the air
God is with us
Those who do not know
They will hear “Depart, I knew you not.”
For my friends you see
There will be a day when we’ll be counted
So know Him well, know Him well

People get ready Jesus is coming
Soon we’ll be going home
People get ready Jesus is coming
To take from the world His own

After hearing her sing this song, I can still recall exactly how I felt. The song was dynamic and beautiful, even moving some to tears, but in me, it created a different emotion. It created fear. I felt scared for the return of Christ. The very last words in the Bible, found in Revelation 22: 20-21, tell us that “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” A great message of the return of a Savior should bring comfort and joy, but I did not feel that. I knew Jesus was my Lord and Savior and had committed my life to Him, yet something about His return created fear and anxiety in me. Looking back at this memory, I can now understand why I felt that way (13-year-old boys cannot explain anything!). 2 Peter 3:14 is a great explanation for me. “Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.” That word “diligent” is so convicting because it requires action on my part. It is not required for salvation or entrance into Heaven, but it is a charge to us as believers. Revelation is clear – He is coming back. No man knows the day or the hour for the return of Christ, but we are given clear direction for when He returns – be busy doing His work. As a 13-year-old, I was not busy in the work of Jesus Christ. I liked to live life according to my desires and do my things, and that continued into my twenties. But this verse is an attention grabber. Christ could return tomorrow, and how will He find me? How will He find you?

The words of the song are clear, “people get ready, Jesus is coming.” To the unbeliever, I beg you to get ready by giving your life to Christ. No one is guaranteed tomorrow! To the believer, are you diligently at work for Christ? That does not mean you have to quit your job and move to a foreign country and start preaching (if you are called to this, then do it!). You are called to shine the light of Christ in your workplace, your family, and all those around you. We as followers of Christ have an incredible opportunity to point people to Jesus. There is no need for anxiety or fear when it comes to Christ’s return. Take it from someone who has conquered this feeling. Now, I just want to be found “diligent!” May we live our lives today like He will return tomorrow, knowing that there are millions around the world and across the street that need to hear about Jesus!

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