“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
“A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. And again he sent another, and they killed him; and many others, beating some and killing some. Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying ‘They will respect my son.’ But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.
Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
Mark 12:1-11 (NKJV)
Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Titus 2:13 (NASB)
Every true believer is looking for the blessed hope and longing for the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. The grace of God that saves us also teaches us to look for our Savior from heaven.
Jesus told His disciples that He would be arrested, tried, condemned and put to death. They were sad because of this announcement, but Jesus to them, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3 (NASB)
We are in the world, but we are not of the world. We are citizens of another world, strangers and pilgrims on earth as we await the return of our Lord. It is at His second coming that the born again believers will receive the full fruits of redemption. It is when Jesus comes in the Rapture and the first resurrection that our vile bodies will be redeemed (Romans 8:23). He will “transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:21 (NASB).
Even the most spiritual believers groan in this tabernacle of flesh. Regardless of how dedicated or fully surrendered to the Lord one may be, all born again people will be called upon to suffer, to know sorrow, pain, and disappointment so long as we remain in these bodies of flesh. That is why all true believers are waiting for the coming of the Lord. It is at Christ’s coming that we will receive complete and full deliverance from all that would hinder our enjoyment of the fullness of the salvation Jesus purchased on Calvary.
It is at the Lord’s coming that the dead in Christ will rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be changed and caught up together with them, to meet the Lord in the air.
The apostle Paul told the believers at Corinth, “If we have hope in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming” 1 Corinthians 15:19-23 (NASB).