Food for Friday

When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? Acts 1:6

This seemed like a good question at the time. After His crucifixion and burial, Jesus has come forth in triumph over death, and is gathered with His disciples. Their recognition of His deity and power is absolute, and they are totally committed to whatever He has in mind for them. To every Jew chafing under the Roman yoke, the hope of the restoration of David’s kingdom was uppermost. These disciples knew that Jesus was the true Successor to David, and it was natural that they should hope for Him to restore the kingdom. That He would ascend the throne they had no doubt; their question was when. We also have no doubt as to Jesus’ ultimate coronation, and like the disciples, we also wonder when.

There is one great event that must – for the Christian – occur before Jesus will be seated on the throne of David. The seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy must be preceded by the departure of the Saints by way of the rapture. During a period of tribulation that will precede the arrival of the King, we will be occupied with heavenly matters and will be unaffected by the tragic affairs of earth. So, for us, our interest lies solely in the rapture, because it will usher us into the presence of our King and Lord. Since the events recorded in the book of Acts, Christians have anticipated and longed for Christ’s return. It is the occupation of faithful saints today.

Faithful men who make a study of world events and trace them against the details of Scripture related to the Lord’s coming tell us that His coming is surely drawing near. We can’t tell for sure, but we can be comforted with the signs that suggest the rapture will occur soon. The same certainty was suggested by people when I was a lad, so we are aware that the timing of the fulfilment of this prophecy is only speculation. And yet, it remains our happy hope, and sustains us in the difficult times. The happiest Christians are those most aware of the imminent return of our Lord. My last conversation with my 100 year old grandmother was about her expectation that the Lord could return today. It was a comfort to her, and it was a joy to me. Is it a joy to you that your reading of this message could be interrupted by the arrival of your King?

The coming of the Lord draweth nigh. His return for His people is almost two thousand years nearer than when the disciples asked the question in today’s text. – Jim MacIntosh

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