Jesus is coming are you ready?
IT IS A FACT THAT JESUS IS COMING, for it is said that there are over 300 direct references to the Second Coming of Christ in the New Testament alone! Jesus wants us to know this. Many signs of the last days are given in the Bible. Christ warns us of His SUDDEN coming! “But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Read: Matt. 25:l-14. ARE YOU READY? If not, then you need to be saved. All need to be saved who have not been washed in the blood of the Lamb of God, for ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. “If we CONTINUE IN SIN,” we must take the consequences, “For the wages of sin is death …” “Sin, bringeth forth death.” “The wicked shall be turned into HELL and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17.
REMEMBER, we cannot save OURSELVES. Jesus said, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. “There is none OTHER name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” “For by GRACE are ye saved through FAITH and that not of YOURSELVES: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9.
REMEMBER, Christ died for YOU. Christ became our substitute and died in our place when He shed His precious blood on the Cross. “For He hath made HIM to be SIN for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. “Who his own self bare OUR SINS in HIS OWN BODY on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24.
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and THOU SHALT BE SAVED and thy house.” Acts 16:31. Believe in your heart that He died for you and that He arose again. “For with the HEART man BELIEVETH unto righteousness and with the MOUTH confession is made unto salvation.” REPENT of your sins. “Except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish.” “If we CONFESS our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus said, “Ye MUST be born again.” God is not willing that you should perish. The publican prayed: “God be merciful unto me a sinner.” God saved him. Confess to God that you are a sinner, and ask Him to save you. What is the result of the new birth? “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Cor. 5:17
JESUS INVITES YOU. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.
Will you ACCEPT His invitation? “But as many as RECEIVED HIM to THEM gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12.
Will YOU accept Him TODAY? “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the DAY of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2.
Compiled by: The Reverend Emanuel Hezekiah Terrell, Jr., Pastor Emeritus,
New Saint John
Virginia Beach, VA.
… Continued next week
The Reverend Dr. Rebecca R. Rivka, LPC, is former School Psychologist, Portsmouth and Norfolk Public Schools; (ret.) Professor of Psychology, Norfolk State University; (ret.) Licensed Professional Counselor, Commonwealth of Virginia; Senior Local Elder, The Virginia Annual Conference, The African Methodist Episcopal Church and The Historic Saint John’s AME Church, Norfolk, VA. The Reverend John D. Burton, Senior Pastor. Saint John’s AMEC is the Mother Church of African Methodism in Virginia.