Jesus will return
Luke 8 v 40 “Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.”
They were waiting for Jesus. They had seen him leave for the other side. They knew he would come back they just didn’t know when that would happen. But it would be soon. They needed him back. He had touched their hearts and transformed their lives. They wanted more of him. It was hard to dance without Jesus. He had changed the landscape of their homes. He had given them hope for a future. He had spoken of a Kingdom to come and they wanted to be people of that kingdom.
When would he be back?
They didn’t know but they lived their lives waiting. Some people wait and die but others who wait for Jesus’ return wait with expectant hearts. He will be hear real soon. Living with waiting expectation was like living with Jesus present. Their plans changed. This was not the time to go for an excursion. This was not the time to live unruly, selfish lives. This was the time to let the light that Jesus gave them shine like a lamp on its stand. This was the time to make sure their hearts were that of good soil, to deal with the desire for riches and the stronghold of worries. To be different. To be ready.
Then they saw him and they ran to meet him. The biggest crowd that anyone had seen before. Every eye upon Jesus, hands raised in joy, welcoming him back to them.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Rev 22:20)
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. (Matt 24:42)
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. (1 John 2:28)
He will return. Will we welcome him? Are we expecting him?