"Here We Go Again"
December 14, 2010
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen (wait) for the morning, more than watchmen (wait) for the morning. Psalm 130:6
Harold Camping, founder of Family Radio, Inc., thinks he knows something you don't, and he's not keeping it a secret.
And just what does Camping know? He says he knows when the Lord Jesus is going to return. If Camping is right, you might as well make this Christmas a humdinger because it's going to be your last.
You see, Camping believes Jesus is coming back on May 21, 2011. In fact, he is so sure about the date he's putting the news up on billboards in Nashville, Louisville, St. Louis and Detroit.
Now, I'm not going to say, "Camping was wrong before," although he was. Some time ago, he said Jesus was going to return between the 15th and the 17th of September in 1994. Instead, I'm simply going to point out what Jesus says. Jesus informs us His return is going to be about as predictable as a bolt of lightning or a thief in the night.
So, if I have to choose between the two, I think I'll listen to Jesus who encouraged us always to be ready for His return.
I think we ought to listen to the Psalmist who suggests we ought to wait as a watchman who is yearning for the coming of dawn.
If we do, we'll be ahead of those folks who missed Jesus' first coming, 2,000 years ago. If we do, we'll be ahead of the many who think Jesus' Second Coming is a figment of Christians' deluded imaginations.
Now, being in a perpetual state of readiness is not going to grab headlines like it has for Camping, but it will stand you in good stead for that unknown time of departure when our Savior comes.
Be ready. That's what Jesus says we should do. In His words, "And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake" (Mark 13:37).
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, many years ago the world was not ready for Your coming. Sometime in the future many will be equally unprepared. This is why I come to You and ask that my heart and my life be kept in a state of perpetual preparedness. Let me be always ready to welcome You who gave Your life for my forgiveness and eternal life. In Your Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries