Christ will return
“I will come back“
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
John 14:3-4 KJV
His promise to return
As a child, George Tulloch was fascinated by stories of the Titanic.…In 1996 he put together a team of the best scientists and sailors and set out to the exact spot where the Titanic sank in 1912. He and his crew were able to recover numerous artifacts from the ship — eyeglasses, jewelry, dishware, some coins and the like. But the most exciting thing they found was a large piece of the hull resting several hundred yards away.
The team did its best to raise the twenty-ton piece of iron, but to no avail. At one point the team almost had it.…but a storm blew in and.…the Atlantic reclaimed its treasure. Then Tulloch did something surprising before they were forced to retreat. He descended into the deep once more in a small submarine, and using a robotic arm, he attached a small handmade placard onto the section. It said, “I will come back. George Tulloch.”
For a lot of the same reasons, Jesus left us a similar message. “I am going to prepare a place for you..…When everything is ready, I will come and get you” (John 14:2-3). Some may wonder why he cared in the first place. Why would he even want to reclaim us? What good are we to him? In many ways we’re just as worthless and cumbersome and unyielding as that lazy piece of iron in the Atlantic.
But Jesus doesn’t see us that way. He’s dreamed of this moment since the beginning of creation, and now that the time is near he can’t help but leave this mark on our hearts. “I’m leaving now. But don’t worry, I’ll be back.
Adapted from Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins and Frank M. Martin, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for January 1.
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