Today followers of Jesus Christ celebrate the hope of eternal life with God in heaven, the plan from the beginning of the world, resulting in a permanent relationship with the Creator. Sin separated mankind from God with the fall, and sacrifices for sins were required to atone for those sins. Jesus came as the spotless Lamb of God, a living sacrifice for the sins of entire mankind, once for all. He not only accomplished this on the cross, but was resurrected on the third day as He prophesied, commemorating our Easter. The Messiah then left in the clouds after appearing to many witnesses to be seated at the right hand of the Father. WHAT IS NEXT?
The last words of Jesus were very important. We find them in Matthew chapter twenty eight and they are commonly know as The Great Commission. Verses 18-20 NKJV state, And Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. What is this end of the age? Just as humanity carries a certain lifespan, the earth and life as we know it does as well. The Old Testament prophets saw visions from God of the great apocalypse, and Jesus Himself taught in Matthew chapter twenty-four about the tribulation to come that was so horrific verses 21-22 say, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not been seen since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Sounds ominous. It is. WHAT IS NEXT? This is what we have all been waiting for. Jesus told His disciples that He would return after the tribulation, coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and the elect, God’s people, both Jews and Gentiles, will be gathered to begin Christ’s glorious reign. The book of Revelation, not a book focused on the end times, rather the revelation of Jesus Christ and who He truly is, King of kings and Lord of lords chronicles the coming occurrence.
Every single prophecy up until current times has been fulfilled. There is no wiggle room as to WHAT IS NEXT. We have Scripture to point out the Second Coming of our Lord. We are not told the timing, but are told the surety of it. Preparation is key. We begin by accepting the free gift of eternal life, then listening and obeying the last words of Jesus. Knowing the prophecies written in Scripture never prove false, we are given a parable highlighting Jesus’ return in Matthew chapter twenty-five of ten virgins waiting to meet the bridegroom. Five were wise and five were foolish. The wise virgins were ready watching for him with oil in their lamps to light the way. We must also carry wisdom and use the Word of God as a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. The foolish virgins were not prepared and forfeited the privilege of being with bridegroom.
Yes, Easter is a time of great celebration for sin and death has been defeated, yet the Second Coming of Jesus will be the event believers in Christ Jesus have all been waiting for. He is coming back. We are told it is soon. Prophecy will not fail. We make preparations all the time-grocery shopping for meals, savings accounts for the future, and even life insurance, wills, and funeral arrangements for our own passing and the security of our loved ones. Prepare yourself with great anticipation WHAT IS NEXT. Jesus is coming. Hallelujah!