4 Ways Jesus’s Second Coming Changes Us Now

| February 23, 2015

I grew up in a church that talked about the return of Jesus a lot—about every week. I remember posters with dragons on them. Each year we hosted a prophecy conference, naming specific politicians as the Antichrist (sorry, Jimmy Carter). We had our bumper stickers, “In case of rapture, this car will be unmanned.” It was such a big deal for us that, as a kid, I had recurring nightmares about my parents being raptured while I was left behind.

It’s easy to make fun of all that now, and I think that a lot of evangelical churches today downplay the topic of Jesus’s return because they’re afraid of looking like fundamentalists. But there are 318 references to Jesus’s second coming in the New Testament—roughly 1 out of every 13 verses mentions it. And nearly every moral command in the New Testament is tied to the second coming. It’s not an embarrassing, uneducated uncle of Christian theology; it’s essential to our faith. The fact that Jesus could return any day at any moment should sober us and change us. 

And it should change us now in at least four ways.

1. Spiritual Alertness 

Amid the many ways my home church went wrong, they were…

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