Friday, December 21, 2012

the end of the world

the Mayans predicted today was the end

As you read these thoughts you might realize that it is December 21, 2012.  Some years ago the Mayans predicted that today would be the end of the world.  So I guess by our still being here and reading these thoughts that they were wrong.  I am not knocking the Mayan people or those who agree with them, but I simply want to point out that we need to be ready for the end of the world.

So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.

Those words came out of Jesus’ mouth.  Earlier we would have read this:

However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.

There is no room for us to gloat that the Mayans or anyone else who predicted the end of the world were wrong.  In fact those predictions remind us to be ready for Jesus’ return to earth.  There are so many scholarly thoughts about the end of the world, the rapture of the church and the end times happenings.

What I am more concerned about is the fact that people are ready to die, ready for the end of the world and will spend eternity in heaven.  People say Christians are narrow-minded.  So be it because our God is narrow-minded since Jesus is the only way to heaven.  I believe that truth, preach that truth and tell others to get to know Jesus.

That is why the end of the world and the coming of Christmas seem to be strange but great bedfellows at this time.  The coming of Jesus is celebrated at Christmas.  Without the baby of the manger who was born of a virgin as the prophets predicted, we would not have the ability to be saved.  Jesus went to the cross 3 decades later and died for our sins.  He was buried in a brand new tomb, but on the third day Jesus came back to life.

Jesus’ story, our Savior’s truth is something that reminds me that I am lost without God, and that I must be thankful and mindful of all God has done for me.  He wants to do the same for others.  God’s desire is to save even more people.  He died for them just as he died for me.

To be ready for the end of the world, to be ready for the rapture of Christians is to share our faith, the truth about Jesus, with everyone we can.  Share this with grace and with compassion.  We don’t share by beating people up with our Bibles or by tricking them into making a decision for Jesus.  We share by allowing our lives to be filled with and overflowing with His love.  We share by taking the opportunities that come our way to share our story about Jesus’ story that brought us spiritual life.

It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.

So the end of the world didn’t come.  But are you ready if it does happen?  Are you ready to meet Jesus?

Praise God for the fact that salvation is secure as we trust Jesus.  He didn’t come to each to be the punisher of sins or the judge that does away with everyone who does wrong.  Jesus came to offer life.  To be ready for the end is to know Jesus and to share Him with others.

John 14:6
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Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

John 3:17
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God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

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