In this sermon, Pastor Neil continues his series on the essentials of our faith. Today he talks about the second coming of Christ. Here are some excerpts:
In [Matthew Chapter 24] verses 36-51, Jesus speaks of the urgent necessity of being ready for the day of His return,“because,” He says, “you do not know on what day your Lord will come” and “the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him” (24:42, 44).
From there, Jesus proceeds to tell the parable of the ten bridesmaids (1-13), the parable of the talents (14-30), and the parable of the sheep and the goats (31-46) in Matthew 25, all of which, with their different imagery, point to the certainty of His coming again and the necessity of our being ready when He returns.
So that no one fails to understand the seriousness of these things, listen to what Jesus says to His disciples: “If you want to come after me [and be my disciples] you must deny yourself and take up your cross (daily – Luke 9:23) and follow me. If you are determined to save your life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me, you will save it. What good is it if you gain the whole world, but forfeit your soul in the process? What can you give in exchange for your soul? If you are ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when He comes (in His glory – Luke 9:26) in the glory of His Father with the holy angels”(Mark 8:34-38; see also Matthew 16:24-27 and Luke 9:23-27).
This is what is at stake with regard to the return of King Jesus and your relationship to Him. Your life is at stake and your future. Your place in God’s kingdom is at stake and your eternal destiny. I’m not trying to over-dramatize this. I just want you to understand that Jesus is coming again. And I want you to be ready for His coming when He comes. Or, if He doesn’t come in your lifetime, I want you to be ready to see Him face to face when you die.
Jesus. Is. Coming. Again. Are you ready? The only way to be ready is to come to Jesus in a spirit of true repentance and trusting faith, turning away from all your sins, receiving His forgiveness for your sins, and by faith embracing Him as Savior and Lord of your life.