“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
There are two ideas in Jesus’ words here that are absolutely essential to understand if we are going to do life well during our time on earth. The first reminds us that how we live now matters. The second reminds us of our desperate need for grace. We’ll tackle one this morning, and one on Monday morning.
One of the things Jesus and the various New Testament writers did their best to make clear is that Jesus will come back. In fact, the very first word from God the disciples received after His ascension back into heaven was that He would return one day in the same way. And this came almost immediately. They were standing there staring up into the sky with their mouths open, trying to make sense of what just happened, when suddenly there was an angel next to them who said:
Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Acts 1:11
So, what’s the point? The point is this: If Jesus is coming back someday–and the second time will be for judgment as He Himself says here–how should we be living now? If Jesus is coming back to evaluate how we’ve done with the life we’ve been given, what are we doing to prepare for that test? Every decision we make, action we take, and even thought we have will be judged. All of them. What should we do about that?
I can’t answer that for you. But the thought should weigh on the back of your mind each time you act, think, or speak. Think: This is going to be judged by Jesus. What do I want Him to think?