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Could It Really Happen?

Posted by admin in November 11th, 2008
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When I was a little kid my folks took us to church a lot. I mean a lot. Like every time the doors were opened! We also moved a lot when I was a kid. I mean a lot. Like ten times before I was even in high school. But wherever we moved we found a church and we went. One thing all these churches had in common was their preaching. I heard a lot of sermons about the Second Coming of Christ. I mean a lot. Like at least one Sunday out of the month there was a sermon about Jesus’s Return.

Maaan! I loved those sermons. I used to sit on the front row of the pews and just drink in every single word. I was so convinced that Jesus was coming again I thought I probably wouldn’t even see my 21st birthday! Jesus was coming again IN MY LIFETIME and I was so excited. I remember one firey preacher that painted a picture with words of Jesus splitting open the Eastern sky and coming down through the clouds on a brilliant white stallion with a sword in one hand and his Word in the other. It was all very exciting.  My favorite part was when the pastor described how one day, when Jesus made things all new again, the lion would lay down with the lamb and all violence, and struggles and troubles and problems would be over and we would live forever in peace with Jesus (and of course with that lion and that lamb!). Wow. Good stuff.

I never hear sermons about Jesus’s Second Coming anymore. Do preachers even mention it these days? I’ve been to a few churches recently where they talked about a new building program; I’ve been to a few churches recently where they talked about mountain climbing, respecting yourself and there was that expositional reading of Romans. Why doesn’t anyone talk about the Second Coming anymore? Are we weary with waiting? Have we forgotten about it? Or maybe, and I hope this isn’t true, we let the hope of his return fade because it didn’t seem totally necessary anymore. And by we I mean me. Who needs heaven with a brand new Buick? Or how about my new house? I am so comfortable here and I haven’t finished all the decorating yet. Also, Big D and I have two grandsons and we want to see them grow up, go to college, get married…you know…stuff like that. A lot has changed. Well, I guess I have changed because when I was little I sure did long to see Jesus coming down from heaven on that big white horse. I sure did want to pet that lion and bury my face in his golden mane. I just knew he’d smell good ’cause he was a lion from heaven.

It is sad that I am content with a Buick when Scripture calls me to look for Christ’s return. “For the grace of God that brings salvation…teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (1 Thessalonians 4:15).

“According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words…because the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:7-8). Therefore encourage each other with these words. Hmmm. I don’t do that. I don’t talk to Big D or the kids or my best friend or even my sister about the Second Coming. Why is that? Am I afraid I’ll sound like a fanatic? Is it not important enough to me? You bet I tell my sis when I get a good deal on a pair of shoes! So why don’t I call her just to talk about Christ’s return? Because if the truth be known there is something of that little girl still in me who wants to believe that her Jesus will burst open that Eastern sky and come down on that white stallion and rescue us–all of us–from pain, and suffering, and death, and disease, and disorder, and cruelty. I long for the day when the lion lays down with the lamb and there will be peace on earth and peace among us because peace will be in our hearts. And King Jesus will reign forever and ever and ever. The early Church longed for Christ’s Return so much they had a word for it–Maranatha–He is coming! Maranatha–please come soon. Because after all, a Buick will rust and a house will decay and my grandsons will be much better off in a place where Jesus is ruling. Won’t they? How did I ever get so distracted? I still want to bury my face in the thick golden mane of that lion. Maranatha Jesus! We need you! Peace.

I like this painting by Darlene Slavujac (www.biblicalartist.net)

I like this painting by Darlene Slavujac (www.biblicalartist.net)

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39. big sister said,
November 17th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

As the big sister, I can vouch for the altar trips and I believe, still to this day, the visits were made with a very sincere heart of a little girl who wanted to know this Jesus and to live for Him; to be loved by Him and to please Him as she had never pleased anyone else! It is these very trips to the altar that were a part of who she is today – the wonderful writer, teacher, minister, missionary loved by many, wife, mimi, mom, aunt and my best friend! I am so proud that you have this blog..looking forward to every posting!

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41. margaret said,
December 8th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

If you were at my church 2 weeks ago, you would have heard a good message on Heaven!
The same week at mom’s church in Spfld.topic of sermon-Heaven! there are some heaven … and hell churches out there!
“What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see…”

Margaret

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42. admin said,
December 8th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Thanks Margo. It isn’t so much about heaven and hell as it is about the expectation we are to hold in our hearts for Christ’s return. Scripture tells us to look for His coming and I’m afraid I haven’t been too focused on that. Come quickly Lord Jesus! Come quickly. Teri

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