He Will Come Again
by Rich Maffeo
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead…..
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you also may be (John 14:3).
It shouldn't have surprised me. For two weeks, the highway department had posted notices that they planned to resurface the asphalt, fill the potholes, and smooth the roadway. As far as I was concerned, they couldn't fix the road soon enough. I'd slammed into the craters so many times my teeth were loose.
I suppose it's because I saw the notices each day that I stopped paying attention to them. Before long, the signs blended into the background as I swerved down the street, trying not to crack the front axle. So, when I left the house that morning and turned the corner, the unusually smooth ride startled me. For the first time in months, the mini-van didn't rattle. I didn't dodge potholes or worry about losing my teeth. When I stopped for the traffic light at the next corner, I noticed even my palms were dry.
Asphalt highways are not the only places ravaged by potholes. Many of us slam into craters along life's highway. Heartaches jar us to the roots of our teeth. Failures break our confidence.
Then one day we see notices posted along the path. One promises, The rough places will be made smooth (Isaiah 40); another promises, In the twinkling of an eye we shall be caught up to be with the Lord (1 Corinthians 15); and, I will come again and receive you to Myself (John 14), declares a third.
There are so many declarations we have to slow down to read them all. Over and over, season after season, we hear them. We talk about them. We debate their meaning. Before long, they become old friends.
And that could become a problem for us. Perhaps because the promises grow so familiar, we stop paying attention. The signs get lost in the busy-ness of punching time clocks, fighting traffic, washing clothes, paying overdue bills….. We focus so much on dodging potholes, we no longer remember the promise that one day all who belong to Christ will leave the house, turn the corner - and find the road paved.
When we recite the words of the Creed, "He will come again," we remind ourselves to not become complacent or grow weary in waiting. We remind ourselves to focus instead on Scriptures unshakable promise - Christ will come again. And when He returns, He will caress every grieving heart and embrace every splintered life with His eternal love. Never again will we worry about rough roads. Sometimes I think it can't happen soon enough.
Prayer: Come quickly, Lord Jesus. We long for Your appearance. Make us faithful in our journey that we may gather in Your presence with joy. Amen.
Next time: In glory to judge the living and the dead
These meditations are compiled in Richard Maffeo's book, "We Believe: Forty Meditations on the Nicene Creed." The book is available through bookstores and his website
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