As we consider the reality of the return of Christ, it is helpful to take a moment and consider why is it important for us to know that Jesus is going to return? Let me share with you three important reasons:
1. If you are not a follower of Christ it is important that you understand that there is a judgment coming, and when it happens it will be to late for you to avoid the event that will happen. The purpose for following Christ is not primarily to avoid the disasters of the tribulation, but it is a consideration.
2. If you are a follower of Christ, it is so important for us to understand in a world going crazy, that God has a plan and purpose of it. Simply turning to Matthew 24-25 should provide a snapshot of what we are going through. Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other climactic issues are a reminder to look to the heavens because Christ is preparing to return. Circumstances out of our control, often lead to depression but when we understand that God is in control and preparing the world for His return, it allows those who follow Christ to live with an expectation that the world cannot understand.
3. Finally, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, the imminent return of Christ should be a motivation for us to live as salt and light in a dark world that does not know and understand the truth. God in His wisdom has chosen for the transformed lives of His followers to provide hope, help, and perspective in a crazy world. As we understand that the Lord can return at any moment, it should be a motivation for us to share the truth of God’s world to those we come into contact. We are not to do so in a proud or arrogant way, rather we are to share humbly, out of our gratitude for the working of the Lord in our lives.