Day 20: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rapture Drill ~ Devotions

Day 20

If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. ~ Matthew 24:46

 

            There are as many ways to look at the return of Jesus as there are opinions about how it will happen. This shouldn’t surprise us, since the Bible describes it with a wide range of terminology—numerous nouns, verbs, and adjectives, each bringing to mind a host of differing scenarios.

To the Romans, Paul calls it the “day of God’s wrath” (Romans 2:5, NIV). This seems to be the favorite among too many preachers. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul refers to it as the “day of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 5:5, NIV). And in his second letter to the same church he calls it the “day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Both are a bit more positive and encouraging. To the Ephesians he calls it a “day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). And he encourages the church at Philippi to stand strong until the “day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NIV). Jude doesn’t even try to describe it—he simply calls it the “great Day” (Jude 1:6, NIV). Jesus refers to his coming in a number of ways, including the “day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36, NIV), the “last day” (John 6:40), and even simply “his day” (Luke 17:24, NIV).

Each of these phrases suggests a unique and different view of the second coming—and each is as significant as it is accurate. But of all the ways to describe Jesus’ return, there’s one that I like the best. For followers of Jesus, it will be a day of reward. James tells us, “God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). Paul tells us, “The Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free” (Ephesians 6:8). In his second letter to Timothy he expands on those thoughts further. “Now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return” (2 Timothy 4:8).

But it is Jesus himself who says it best: “Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven” (Matthew 5:12). As Christians, we have a lot to look forward to!

 

Daily Readings:

  • Romans 2:5
  • 1 Corinthians 5:5
  • 2 Corinthians 6:2
  • Ephesians 4:30
  • Philippians 1:6
  • Jude 1:6
  • Matthew 12:36
  • John 6:40
John McSharry

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