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Rapture on May 21'st

The rapture is coming tomorrow.  At least, that's what some Christians believe and have been preaching. Officially, the Bible teaches that we don't know the day or the hour when Christ will return.  It could be on May 21'st at 6:00 pm GMT, or it could be the day after, or next week, or in 2000 more years.  What we DO know for sure is that Christ WILL return someday, those who believe in Him will be saved and those who do not will be judged.

What makes me sad about all of this is the lack of God's love and passion for the lost seen in those who believe in Him.  I heard a quote recently:

I've heard it said that something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. This is utter of rubbish. Things are worth what they are worth. What someone is willing to pay is merely the fastest way of figuring out what that worth has always been.
Jesus paid for us with His life so that we might have the chance to be saved from eternal death.  I think that means we're worth a LOT.  He loves each of us dearly, even those who don't love Him, and longs for us to have the opportunity to be saved.  He made it as simple as possible for us, that all we have to do is believe in Him and we will be saved.  If He loves each of us SO much, shouldn't we also follow His example and love each other?  This is the message of the gospel!  That He loved us SO much he died for us so that we could be saved.  All we have to do is believe in Him.  He also asked us to tell that message to others.

Some have been discussing what they would do if today was their last day on earth.  Some intend to relax and do nothing stressful.  Others plan to go shopping or spend credit on themselves without regard for future consequences.  After all, if Jesus comes tomorrow, I can buy stuff on credit today and never have to pay.  The one thing I really haven't heard is the urgency of telling others about Jesus.  If He comes tomorrow, that's it.  Our opportunity to share the message of how He loves each of us is over. If we truly have the love of Jesus in our hearts, should we not take every opportunity to share the message of the gospel with those who don't know it?

Now I realise that tomorrow may very well come and go and nothing rapturous or supernatural will happen.  All that means is we really don't know the day or the hour.  Maybe He will come on May 22'nd!  We still need to live our lives in a way that shows God's love to those around us with the knowledge that He IS coming, and we need to be ready.

If the rapture DID happen (on May 21'st or some other day) and you're reading this after the fact.  I strongly recommend you pick up a Bible and start reading.  You could start in the book of John (it's in the New Testament, see the table of contents).  You may also want to read the book of Revelation.  It's a crazy read, but might just give you some clues as to what steps to take next.

Published Fri, May 20, 2011 in: thots & ponderings purpose rapture thoughts
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