Mark 13 Lesson

Preparing For The Return Of Jesus

Jesus is coming back! The Bible is clear about that.

  • “So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without  reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. ” - Hebrews 9:28.
  • Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him.  So it is to be. Amen.” - Revelation 1:7.
  • “For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man  be.” - Mathew 24:27.
  • “There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting from fear and the expectation of the things that are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” - Luke 21:25-28.
  • Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward  is with Me, to reward each one as his work  deserves.” -Revelation 22:12.

The Bible is also clear that nobody knows when that will be, except for God.

  1. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”Mathew 24:36
  2. “Be on the alert then, because you do not know the day nor the hour.” - Mathew 25:13.
  3. “For this reason, you must be ready as well; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” -Mathew 24:44.

Since we do not know when Jesus is going to return, we need to get prepared now. We cannot afford to wait.What if Jesus comes tomorrow? Next week? Or next year?

Will we be prepared? Or do we have some work to do?

Regardless of how prepared we think we are; it is of the utmost importance that we take a spiritual inventory. We need to be honest in our assessment so that we will know what areas of our spiritual lives need attention.

In addition to taking our spiritual inventory, there are seven things we can do to prepare for the return, or second coming, of Jesus.

SEVEN THINGS WE CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF JESUS

  1. We can study God’s word daily so that we will be able to rightly divide the Word of God. We also increase in faith the more we read the Bible (Romans 10:17),
  2. We can ask for help when we have questions,
  3. We can prayto God often,
  4. We can put away foolish things that cause us to stumble,
  5. We can surround ourselves with people that help us to become more like Christ,
  6. We can love God with all our heart, mind, and soul,
  7. And finally, we can love our neighbor.

CONCLUSION

None of us know when Jesus is going to return. He promised us that He would return, and Jesus always keeps His promises. Therefore, the time to prepare ourselves is now.

Preparation begins with a self-assessment. Taking our spiritual inventory allows us to evaluate the parts of our lives that need attention. In addition to taking a spiritual inventory, there are seven things we can do to get ready for the return of Jesus.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the beautiful words written by the Apostle John in his first epistle:

  • Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:7-21.

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Michael

In some cases, it may just be plain ignorance of the scripture. Maybe they have never read Mark 13? That would be a great opportunity for a Bible study! :)

Another reason could be that people like to sound important and they like attention. Unfortunately, they do not always care if it is the truth.

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jmack3388

"But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” I've heard others refer to our Christian walk as a battle, and that we are, "Soldiers of Christ." That makes sense when we consider that we are asked to "Endure to the end." Life will throw many challenges at us, we need to take them one at a time and keep God as our priority in life.

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Kham Khen Tual
jmack3388

It reminds me that a genuine believer could or might abandon his Saviour by his own will. So let us keep up our Faith in Christ.

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