In the last chapter of Revelation,
in the next to the last verse,
after all the prophesy of all 22 chapters have been presented,
John quotes Jesus one more time...
“Yes, I am coming soon.”
I went to BibleGateway.com & checked out that verse in dozens of different translations & paraphrases they have there.
I went there half expected Jesus' last prophetic words in this hugely prophetic book of John's vision to be translated differently by different people & groups.
They all pretty much translate it the same way...
“I am coming soon.”
This week I put in my FB status, “ 'I am coming soon.' Jesus”
Now, I don't pretend to know when Jesus is coming back.
We ARE 2000+ years closer to Jesus' return than John was, exiled, & stuck out there on the Isle of Patmos.
I just have a sense – not an overwhelming sense – just a very quiet, unassuming sense – that Jesus is coming soon.
Take that for what it's worth.
I have no definition of what “soon” means, nor am I able to quantify how long “soon” is in relations to Jesus.
I just have this sense - & it's a sense I've had for quite a few years – that Jesus is coming back soon.
It would make sense that if we thought Jesus was returning soon, we'd be more intentional about telling folks about how He made a way for people to establish a connection with with God.
And we'd be encouraging people to make that connection.
I don't believe this legitimizes us to become “Bible bangers” - people who spreading doom & gloom.
At the same time, this isn't a good time to slack off telling people about the possibilities found in connecting with God.
What if the people who influenced you & me to become followers of Jesus had had a lax & unintentional view of sharing the way made for each of us to connect with God through Jesus?
I don't think I'd be writing blogs every morning about my day to day life as a Christ follower.
Nor would you want to read them.
“Jesus is coming soon.”
Let's live like we believe it.