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When Christ Returns

(The following is the February 27 devotional from my Next Step Devotions book. Before reading it, I suggest you read Mark 13 and pay close attention to verses 24-27.)

Christians have many scriptural assurances. Among them is the promise that Christ will come again and gather his people to himself for all eternity. Mark writes about that day: “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. He will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven” (vv. 26-27).

A few sentences cannot adequately describe that wonderful day. Even John’s Revelation of end times provides images that are sometimes challenging to understand. Christ’s second coming will be like nothing the world has ever seen, so how can we adequately describe and comprehend it now? We can’t.

However, we can be thankful, expectant, and in awe that Christ will come again in power and glory. When he comes, every person will know who is sovereign over all. Believers will be thrilled that their greatest hope is coming to pass, and Christ’s enemies will tremble in horror when they realize their greatest fear is upon them.

When Jesus comes again, all the cares of this earthly life will cease for his children. Are you troubled by disease? It will disappear. Do you struggle to provide for yourself and your family? Your heavenly Father will forever supply all you need and more than you could imagine or desire. Is life filled with problems in relationships and other daily troubles? Those days will be gone.

Jesus may return in our lifetime; he may not. Either way, we can live with confident assurance that he is coming again and that if we belong to him, he will make everything right on that glorious, incomparable day.


Next Step:

Thank God in prayer for the promise that Christ will come again to gather his children into his presence for eternity. How does this assurance change the way we should live until then?

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