Monday, August 31, 2020
For the next few weeks we are going to take a scenic route through Scripture on a subject of great interest to many people right now. I have had several inquiries about how the current events in the world are related to the events described in the Bible during the last days. In John 6, Jesus mentioned that He would be the final judge of a person’s eternal state when they are raised up on the last day.
“And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”” John 6:39-40
In addition to stating that He is the One Way to God, Jesus is declaring that time as we know it will come to an end. Eternity is a certainty, and for eternity to begin, there has to be a last day. It seems to me that the average person operates in life as if it will never come to an end. But there will be a last day.
It makes sense, then, that the days prior to the last day will be known as the last days. The period of time known as the last days actually began some two-thousand years ago when the writer of Hebrews in the New Testament revealed this truth:
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Hebrews 1:1-4
Clearly we are to understand that the last days began when Jesus Christ came to earth the first time to provide for our redemption from sin.
Of course, the New Testament has many other things to say about the last days, and over the next few weeks we are going to study them. But ponder this for today…the focus of the last is Jesus Christ. The only way to endure and survive the last days is through Jesus Christ. The only thing we should be talking about is the glory of Jesus Christ, who is God in human flesh, the radiance of His glory, the One who upholds the universe by the power of His word, and the One who reigns on the throne of heaven and is worthy of our worship.
Check your focus today. Is it on the last days and how to survive them, or is it on the Last Day, when we all get to heaven. What a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus.