Monday 19 August 2019
Jesus is coming
This week we will be looking at James 5:7-12. The theme is being patient in suffering.
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear – not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. Otherwise you will be condemned.
Jesus is coming again. This is not scaremongering. This is not the strange beliefs of a new religious movement. This is the teaching of the Bible. First of all, we have the words of Jesus, who referred to himself as ‘the Son of Man’:
Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’
‘I am,’ said Jesus. ‘And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’
Then we have the words of the angels when Jesus ascended:
‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’
Peter repeats the teaching about Jesus’ second coming, with a challenge to his readers that they should be living holy and godly lives (2 Peter 3:3-14). Paul reminds his readers about the second coming of Jesus on more than one occasion (Philippians 4:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2). And in the book of Revelation, the vision given to John frequently refers to Jesus’ second coming (e.g. Revelation 1:7, 3:11, 22:7, 22:12 and 22:20).
Do we live each day with the expectation that Jesus is coming again?
When we think of all the promises from God about Jesus that have already come true, why should we doubt that Jesus will keep to his word and come back?
Waiting patiently for somebody to come is not always easy. But if we know that the one who is coming is faithful, full of compassion and mercy and the perfect judge, then this can help us to wait patiently.
Thomas Halley, Sawyers Church Leadership Team