Not too along ago, I was driving down Broad Street here in Sumter. While passing our mall, I was surprised to see someone standing on the sidewalk and waving at cars. It was Mickey Mouse!
We don't ever see him here in our town. Florida and California are where he normally hangs out. So it was certainly a surprising sight.
One day, Someone else will make a visit. And He is a much bigger deal than a Disney character on a small town sidewalk. The difference is, we already know He is coming, and we need not be surprised.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, will one day come back to this world.
He's been here before. Born to Mary and Joseph, He walked on this Earth for about 33 years. He taught truth and worked miracles. He died on a cross and came back from the dead. Then He ascended back up to Heaven.
But while He was here, He told us He would one day return. In John 14:3 He said, "I will come back and take you to be with me." And in Luke 12:40 He said "You must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him."
I do not know when this is going to happen.
But I do know this: He is coming. It will happen. He has made this abundantly clear.
May we all prepare for His return with an expectant heart instead of getting caught off guard! We can do this by asking Him now to forgive our sins and save our souls. Then we can love, worship, obey and follow Him. This will motivate us to do His work around the world. And when this happens, His future return will be a welcome sight rather than a startling surprise.