Will Jesus Return on Glorious Fiery Clouds?
Will Jesus’ physical presence simply overwhelm every outdoor and indoor space, making all instantly aware of him at the same moment?
No matter how it happens—and whether it happens in our lifetimes or not—we will all know. Immediately.
One of my favorite memories of high school is of ending our Bible study lesson from The Uniqueness of Jesus. That day one of the girls in our new-believer group had an excited question: “Lisa, when it happens–when Jesus returns–promise to call me right away! Okay?”
I assured her that she would know as soon as I would, because Jesus was her savior too.
But I was amused. The thought had never occurred to me. I knew no one would need to call anyone else to alert them that Jesus had returned. But this new believer, only 14 years old, thought it logical. Since I had first told her about Jesus, she thought I would have the news before she did.
Her passionate enthusiasm for the day of Jesus’ return was contagious. She was excited and wanted it to happen soon.
I wanted to want that too. But I didn’t always live with that thought in mind.
In fact, a couple years later I remember asking my mom if it was bad that I didn’t want Jesus to come back yet. She gave me a comforting answer.
She told me that at my young age it made sense that I wanted to be able to live a while to experience so much of what life promised me. There were good things in life that God wanted me to enjoy and to look forward to.
Yet . . . I think we often fail to focus on what a greater reality we have to look forward to in spending the rest of eternity with God.
Do we need to tell our children they need to spend their time longing for Jesus’ return and for heaven? I don’t think so.
When my eleven-year-old confessed mournfully that she didn’t really want to go to heaven, I comforted her, as my mom had comforted me.
I asked her why. She told me that it did not sound appealing to sing all the time. I laughed and told her how normal she was. I said heaven would absolutely not require constant singing. It would better than the best things we can imagine.
Most of us can relate to not wanting to do anything all the time.
But we also do not want to be like the Laodiceans in Revelation 3: 16-17: “I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other. So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of My mouth.”
How can we regain our first excitement and help our children capture it also?