Glenn Ward, Director of Missions
WHO WON, OR WHO WINS?
Major league baseball is nearing the playoffs and ending of the 2017 season. Football season is getting into full swing. Other sports will follow in their own seasons and often the questions are asked, “who won?” or “who will win?” You don’t even have to be a sports fan to hear and maybe even enter such discussions.
However, have you stopped to ask such questions about eternal matters? One of the exciting things about God’s Word is that He tells us two critical and life-changing truths: 1. Jesus Won; and 2. We (who know Him as Lord and Savior) Win!
It’s interesting that from time-to-time, there are those who proclaim some reason that they believe that the “signs” are coming together to bring about the end of time. A few years back a preacher claimed that he knew the date when Jesus was coming back—then he changed the date, and obviously he missed it. Just a few days ago a group claiming to be a Christian organization predicted that when certain constellations line up according to their calculations, that it will bring about the end. These, along with other such predictions, are certainly interesting in light of the fact that Jesus Himself said when He was here that even He didn’t know when those events would take place! Isn’t it rather presumptuous to claim to know more than Jesus about when He’s coming back?
As I read the Bible, I do pay attention to various things it says about the second coming of Christ and the end of times when there will be “a new heaven and a new earth” as John saw it in the Revelation. However, I also feel that Peter gave us some good advice when he followed his description of some of the events of that time by saying, “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming” (2 Peter 3:11-12).
Perhaps the more important issue is not to figure out the details, but live in such a way that we—and those we reach for Christ—will be growing in Christlikeness and be ready, knowing that Jesus already won and because of that, we also will win for eternity!
May the Lord bless you as you keep on keeping on in your walk with and service to the Lord!
I’m so glad to be your DOM,