1 Kings 17:10-16
Christ … will appear a second time … to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him. (Hebrews 9:28)
November marks the final month in the Church year, a time when we reflect on death, the Second Coming of Christ, and the life that is to come. In his first coming, Jesus entered the world humbly, as a child. But his return will be much different. This time, he will come in glory as Judge and Ruler.
The Old Testament prophets foretold “new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17). Isaiah prophesied that when the Messiah comes in glory, the whole earth will be made new. There will be no fighting between people or between nations. Evil will be destroyed; peace will reign. “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,” and perfect peace will reign (11:6).
In the New Testament, the Book of Revelation gives us an even richer set of images. John tells us, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth” and “the holy city” (Revelation 21:1, 2). He saw a place where God “will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain” (21:4). Such a beautiful description would make any of us long to see the kingdom come!
Instead of trying to push aside any thoughts about death and dying, let’s treasure passages like these. Let’s welcome the thought of one day being with Jesus, and let’s eagerly await his coming. There will always be a fearful element in the thought of death, and our fear of the unknown may never go away completely. But fear doesn’t have to control us. We worship a God who is faithful and merciful!
Scripture promises, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). This is a free gift from God (Ephesians 2:8). So let’s embrace this gift, and look forward to our heavenly home.
“Jesus, I believe in you! Fill my heart with a longing for heaven.”~WAU