"'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"
From the early days of His ministry to walking the steps to Golgotha, Jesus always pressed on with the main mission – the cross. But one theme kept resurfacing, and that was His impending return. His most lengthy teaching on what to expect is found in Matthew 24. Many will show up claiming, “I am the Messiah.” We are warned not to be deceived by false prophets. Nations and kingdoms will rise up against each other, famines will break out and the earth will quake. It will be like the time of Noah with people eating and drinking, not regarding what is to come. Even some who appear faithful will fall away. Wickedness will increase and the love of most will grow cold.
But whoever “stands firm to the end will be saved” (v. 13). These are the birth pains leading up to the great hope of His return. Jesus wants us to live every day in light of that. He’s telling us to make our decisions and set our priorities with the joyous expectation that our Master might be coming back soon, perhaps even today.
JESUS KEEP ME READY, HOLD ME STEADY. MAY I WAIT WITH GREAT EXPECTATION OF MY FUTURE WITH YOU AND YOUR KINGDOM