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The Spirit and the Bride Say Come!

May 21, 2011

By now many of you have heard about Harold Camping, and his thought that the end of the world will occur today (May 21, 2011) at 6:00 p.m. My opinion on this issue does not matter so much, but just so you know where i stand, i just don’t think it’s going to happen. I heard a preacher once say, “If you ever hear someone give a specific day and time when our Lord will return, run in the other direction.” And i agree with this statement.

I’m not here to argue against Mr. Camping though. If you are interested in a really good argument against Mr. Camping, please refer to Ben Witherington III’s blog post about the issue. You can find his post at The Bible and Culture. I was first introduced to Dr. Witherington’s work a few years ago when i took a class on 1 & 2 Peter at Providence College. The textbook for the class was a commentary written by Dr. Witherington. I have some issues with Dr. Witherington, but his work is great and i value the insight he has on a great many subjects (for those who are interested, he did a great chapter by chapter review of Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins” which you can find on his blog site at the link above).

As i said, this post is not an attempt at trying to convince you that the end of the age will not occur today. The reason for this post is simple:

Are you ready for the end of the age?

If you are a Christian, and call Jesus Christ Lord of your life, are you ready for the day that Jesus will return? Do you live with the urgency that the apostle Paul lived with? His concern (in a nutshell) was directing people to the saving knowledge of the Lord. I have read enough to get the idea that Paul lived with the urgency that the end of the age would occur in his time.

At this point you are saying in your head: Yeah Jay, but it didn’t. We’re here, which means the end of the age didn’t happen then.

And i reply: Yeah, but that doesn’t mean Paul didn’t live his life like it would. He lived with an urgency that everyone, didn’t matter who they were, would come to know Jesus.

So do you live your life with urgency? If you knew you might be arrested for sharing your faith today, would you share it? Would you give up your life for the sake of people who do not know Christ as their Lord, just so they might have a few more precious moments to make that decision?

In an earlier post i talked about St. Francis’ words, “Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words.” I suppose i could expand on that here, but i’m beginning to think my regular readers have a small idea of what i’m talking about already.

Do your actions, as someone who calls Jesus Lord, reflect his lifestyle? Are you living with a complete abandon for the greater things of the kingdom? Are you giving glory to God in all areas of your life?

Are you living with an urgency where you can truly claim Revelation 22:17 in your life:

And the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” And let hime who hears say, “Come!: And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Are you ready for the challenges of the end of the age, should they happen in your lifetime?

Are you ready for the Lord’s coming?

Can you honestly and truthfully say as John exclaimed in Revelation 22:20, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

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