A beautiful song with the above title reminds us about a fact that the world scoffs at, and we as Christians sometimes take for granted and forget. Here’s how the first stanza and chorus reads:
“Jesus is our loving Shepherd, And He is a faithful guide. He is coming back from Heaven for the church of Christ, His bride. He has promised all the faithful that a home to them He’ll give: And to glory will receive them. Evermore with Him to live.”
As much as it is necessary for someone to believe that Jesus was crucified for our sins, buried and defeated death (Romans 10:9), you must also believe the Bible’s teaching concerning His return. Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus returned to Heaven in front of His disciples, which were afterwards told by two “angels” that Jesus would return in the like manner that He left. (Acts 1:9-11) If you believe Jesus is who He said He is, then you must believe that His return is inevitable.
Will all be well when He returns? Will the earth be filled with peace and happiness? Not unless you consider great noises, heat and fire peaceful (2nd Peter 3:10). Will He return in secret? Not unless you think you can hide lightning! Christ said that all people would see Him return (Matthew 24:27,30). Will people, including some Christians, be unprepared to see and meet Him? Sadly, yes they will be (Matthew 24: 45-51). Will His return usher in the judgment day in which the majority of people will sadly be cast into Hell? Unfortunately, yes it will (Matthew 7:13-14; 25:31-34,41,46 & 2nd Corinthians 5:10).
His return is no fairy tale (2 Peter 3:1-13). It is something that those outside of the church will dread and will not be able to escape any more than the Egyptians escaped the coming of the Lord to judge them (Exodus 12:29-30). The only way to find mercy will be to have the protection of the blood of the Lamb (John 1:29; 1st Corinthians 5:7; Acts 22:16; Revelation 1:5).
The scriptures describe Jesus’ return with terrifying language to try to persuade the reader. Another song, hopefully, will describe our readiness when He returns.
“And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, “Even so” it is well with my soul.”
Are you living a life that will cause you to say, “It is well with my soul” when He returns? His return and judgment is no light thing. No man can know when He will return, but Christians can know that He will come again (Matthew 24: 35,36). We don’t know every detail about His return, Heaven or Hell, but we are told enough to know that they are real (Matthew 24: 42-44).
It’s not the most popular question to ask but never the less, I will ask it. When Jesus comes again, will it be well, or will it be Hell for your soul? EA