Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

He came, is coming and will come again

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

28th November 2010

The whole message of the Bible centres on the coming of Jesus Christ as Saviour and King. The Bible reveals the central importance of God becoming flesh at the first coming of Jesus Christ. The Bible also reveals that Jesus is coming now, in the lives of believers. And the Bible most surely states that he will come again, visibly and in power.

Jesus has already come

‘…an angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph] in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ (Matthew 1:20-21)
‘…the angel said to [the shepherds], "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’ (Luke 2:10-11)
‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.’ (Titus 2:11)

We humans need God’s redemption—his rescue—because we are all sinners deserving of death. Jesus accomplished that redemption by dying in our place. Through his sacrifice, the human family is reconciled to God. We should never underestimate the importance of Jesus’ incarnation, life and work two thousand years ago.

Jesus is coming now

‘…I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you...If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’ (John 14:16–20, 23)

Jesus comes to us now and lives in us now (Galatians 2:20) so that we may now live for Him.

Jesus will come again

"Men of Galilee," [the angels] said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11).
‘And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.’ (John 14:3).

Jesus is coming again so that we cane be with Him forever. The question is when will He come again? Throughout the centuries, speculation about the second coming has caused uncounted arguments—and untold disappointment when various predictions failed. Overemphasizing the when of Jesus’ return can divert our minds from the central focus of the gospel—Jesus’ saving work for all humans, accomplished in his life, death, resurrection and continuing redemptive work as our heavenly High Priest.

We can become so engrossed in prophetic speculation that we fail to fulfil the rightful role of Christians as lights to the world, exemplifying the loving, merciful, Christ-like way of life and glorifying God by serving our fellow humans.

Our focus should be on being ready for Jesus’ second coming whenever it occurs!

‘So you…must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.’ (Matthew 24:44).

Yes, I am coming soon, says our Saviour. And as Christians, believers in and disciples of Jesus Christ, we all can reply in unison: "Amen. Come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

Have a good week focusing on Jesus’ comings.

Pastor Barry

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