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The Sweetest Comeback
6/6/2014

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ… Titus 2:11-13 (NKJV)

I was riding my bike down to the beach last week, and it was pretty hot outside.  I had about seventy miles of riding done, and only about ten more to go.  I found myself especially hungry because I hadn’t eaten breakfast, so I decided to stop and grab chocolate milk and a banana.  Well, I found both items, and a pack of Hostess mini donuts as well. 

Outside the convenience store, I took a few moments to eat my snack, and man those donuts were great!  It’s funny how good food tastes when you’re really hungry.  I have always liked Hostess mini donuts, and I must say, I was very happy to see them come back and open their business doors again.  As I read the donut packaging, there was a catchy advertising slogan that caught my eye—it said, “The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever.”   I initially laughed, but I immediately thought to myself, there probably were quite a few people who had hoped for the return of this company.

I then thought to myself that there’s one comeback that will be much sweeter—It is the blessed hope of the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.  Now this will be the biggest comeback of all time.  Think about this for a moment, what would you do today if you knew Jesus was coming back this evening?  Would you be happy and excited, or do you think you would be nervous and afraid?

The Apostle Paul warned the believers to deny ungodliness and worldly lust, but instead he urged them to live soberly, righteously, and godly, and to be looking for Jesus to come soon (Titus 2:11-13).   We can also see Jesus telling us we need to be ready, looking for His return—to believe it could happen at any moment. 

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Matthew 24:44 (NKJV)

Q:         How can we be ready for Jesus’ return?

We can be ready by having a desire to have a relationship with Him.  We can start right now by stopping and taking some time to talk with Him in prayer—thanking Him for the work He is doing in our life, and asking Him to show us every area where we need to allow Him to change us to be more like Him.  It is all about having an abiding relationship with Him.  If we choose to abide in Him, He will abide in us (John 15:1-11).  We will be His disciples, and we can’t get any more ready than this. 

We are told in Ephesians 6:11, to put on the “whole armor of God.”  And verse 17 tells us to put on our helmet of salvation, which is our blessed hope of Jesus’ saving grace upon our lives.  This is what we are to focus on each and every day—it’s the blessed hope of His returning and drawing us unto him in the heavens.  If we truly have a “blessed hope” in Jesus returning to take us home with Him, then we ought to be ready this very day.  We ought to have our affairs in order, be at peace with our neighbors, have Christ in our heart, and be ready to leave this place. 

I want to encourage you today—let’s be ready for Jesus’ return.  Let’s live today as if we knew He was coming back today.  What a glorious day it will be when He comes back and finds us about His father's business—sharing the message of salvation with those who would otherwise perish.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Titus 2:11-13 what should be our blessed hope?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you prepared for Jesus to come back today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s get ready for the return of Christ.  Let’s share our blessed hope with others today.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for the blessed hope You have given us.  I look forward to Your Son returning to take us away from this sin-filled place.  I look forward to living in a place where there are no more tears and no more hurt - no more temptation and no more anger.  Help me to be used in spreading the gospel message so others may be saved.  Even so Lord, come quick.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 


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