There seems to me to be a cumulative anxiety across the world. Yes, of course it begins with us and the daily stresses of life and our own weaknesses and limitations. But its also bigger than that. The world doesn’t seem the same. At least for those old enough to have lived through several decades, it simply feels different. Maybe its pandemics, rumors of wars, violence, or economic distress, maybe its all the division and vitriol even among fellow citizens. These outward signs may very well be evidences that we are approaching what Jesus calls the “end of the age.” After all Jesus warned that many of the things we see today would be taking place during the time when He promised to return to judge the earth and set up His Kingdom.
This is bad news to many who are not protected by the righteousness of Christ. Its the simple and profound basis of Christianity. The bad news is that we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard. (Romans 3:23) The worst news is that our sin is deserving of death (Romans 6:23) The good news is that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. (John 3:16) The best news is that Jesus rose from the dead on the first Easter to save us from our sins and give us eternal life! Romans 4:25 (NLT) says “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.”
Whether we are at the end of the age or you are just facing another overwhelming day, consider what “here comes the Son” means for you. If you have a saving relationship with Jesus you have the full approval of God despite your sins and failures. You have the full comfort of God’s unending presence despite the challenges of your life. And in Christ, we who believe, have the full security of Christ’s promise for our glorious future which delivers us from all fear. This is the great exchange of the Gospel! “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NLT)
Being made right means that God, our Creator and Judge, considers you as if you have not sinned at all! This was accomplished for us when Jesus lived a perfect life and died a sinners death, the death our sin deserved. The great news of this life is that if we believe that Jesus is God’s Son and that He died and rose again to forgive us of our sins and provide for us his splendid righteousness, then you too my friend will be saved and have eternal life! Every morning the sun rises and offers us another opportunity to receive God’s extravagant gift of mercy and grace in His Son Jesus. One day the Son will come again. Will you and I be found with our faith solely in the only One who can deliver us?