JESUS IS COMING, REST EASY

JESUS IS COMING, REST EASY

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”” Revelation 21:1-4

There is a scene in Johnny English, where an impostor for the Vicar of England had dropped his pants, revealing a tattoo which read, ‘Jesus is coming. Look busy.’ That sentiment is true for many of us, isn’t it? When our bosses are away, we play. We skive, take liberties; and even if we haven’t, the world makes us feel like we have. They point to such passages of scripture as the parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) and ask if we have ‘brought enough oil’, have we been lazy and are therefore unprepared for our Lord’s coming? Or they use the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-29) and ask if we have done enough with the gifts that God has given us, have we been faithful in discharging His will? And so we face the coming of Christ with trepidation and fear, wondering what will befall us, we who have “sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

But Jesus wants us to know that there is no need for such fear. For us who believe, we should look upon His coming with anticipation, with longing, with a positive expectation of good from our Father,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

So if “He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

And indeed, Revelation 21 gives us this hope for it is the fulfillment of this promise of Jesus.

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

So if Jesus has gone to prepare for us our place with Him, why would He come back only to bring us up and punish us? No beloved, read carefully,

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

Jesus will be with us. Our Father will be with us. And yet another promise of Jesus’ will be fulfilled.

“Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

God is now our Father; has been since we accepted the gift of salvation that Jesus came to bring and answered this call of His.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

So then for us, we are looking forward to a time when the pains of this world will not only cease, it will never again occur. We shall never die, we shall never sorrow, we shall never cry. The only ones that I can think of who may be depressed in Heaven are the shrinks and undertakers, because they will be out of a job. But jokes aside, we have our Father’s love to look forward to, and not His wrath,

“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

In fact, it gets better, because,

“Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:5-7
We shall never be in want, because we shall inherit all things. Ours will be a fountain from which we shall drink and never thirst for anything again; all this because we are our Father’s son. And more than that,

“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:21

Ours is a seat with our Father on His throne. The picture of a loving King with His children running around all over the throne, jumping up and down and our Father laughing at our antics, picking us up occasionally and putting us on His knee so that He can smother us with hugs, should come to mind.

But wait a minute, scripture does not say us. It says ‘he who overcomes’. And quite honestly, you are sitting there thinking that you have not overcome much in your life, so all that good is not for you? Well beloved child of God,

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:4-5

Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe that Jesus loves you? Do you believe that He has died for you, and so by His shed blood, you receive full remission of sins, by His death you too have died to sin and by His rising you have eternal life? So that now,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17

Then you are ‘he that overcomes’. But how can it be? I am so weak. And my bad habits always get the better of me. Are you feeling a little of what Paul felt?

“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.” Romans 7:19

Yes, well, we are all weak; and in and of ourselves, we cannot overcome. But remember,

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

And who is it that is in you? Remember you answered this call?

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

Jesus is in you, beloved. And He will overcome all things. He already has. For He says,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

When Jesus comes again, we do not have to look busy, we just have to rest easy. Because we are looking forward to an eternity of blessings, provision, protection and closeness with our Father and with Jesus. And not exclusive to the spiritual realm like it is now either. We will be, undoubtedly, with Him on His throne; and I hazard to guess, even perhaps running around and sitting on His lap.

So what about now? What do you think? Will our Father who has so much in store for us, deprive us in the here and now? See what Jesus has said? He has overcome the world. Is the world giving you lack? He has overcome the world. Is the world giving you pain? He has overcome the world. Is the world giving you unrest? He has overcome the world. There is nothing you need fear, because He has overcome the world. For indeed, when our trials come, and they will come, for

“sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you,” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

We can be confident because,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

We fear Jesus’ next coming, indeed, we fear God Himself because like the servant in the parable of the talents, we think that God is,

“…a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.” Matthew 25:24

But beloved, we need to realize that that is our own mistaken opinion. For this is how our Father actually treats us.

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” Matthew 25:20-23

It matters not how much we multiply the talents. Our Father does not care how much you earn back for Him. He only cares, like any Father would, what you think of Him and how you approach Him. He does not want you to approach Him in fear, like the last servant. He wants you to approach Him confident of His love, no matter how much you have to bring to Him, because He made you to bless you, not take from you. For He has said,

“I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” Psalm 50:9-12

So have a positive expectation of our Father because He loves you.

And if by chance you have never experienced the love of our Father and you have only realized just how much our Father loves you; if you never want to fear Him again and want to partake of His love for you, then tell Him this right now,

“Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for me. That by His blood shed, I now have full remission of sins. I am washed whiter than snow. Thank You Jesus that by Your death, I am now dead to sin. All of sins’ penalties have been paid by You and have no more punishment coming my way. Thank You that by Your rising, I rise into a new life in You. Father I look expectantly for the day when I will be by Your side again, because I know that only Your love awaits me, and Your smile will greet me. And from now till then, I know I can step into life confident that You have overcome it all. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Indeed beloved, rejoice for Jesus is coming! So rest easy.

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