Your life on earth will end in either one of two ways. Either you will die, or you will live until Jesus returns. In both cases, your life as you presently know it will be over. And what awaits you on the other side will either be infinitely glorious or infinitely miserable. The Bible speaks of the glorification of Christians, saying: “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NASB)
Many people scoff at the idea of Jesus returning. Of course the Bible told us 2000 years ago that people would scoff saying: “In the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4 NASB) But, just as sure as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening; so shall Christ one day return. This he has promised and this he will do. Are you ready for this?
The fact is that some will rejoice at the return of Christ while others will mourn greatly. For those who know and love the Lord, the return of Christ means the end of suffering. No longer will there be persecution, pain, or sorrow. Christians will be in the presence of their Lord who died for them. And their joy will be complete. But a much different future awaits those who are not followers of Christ.
For unbelievers, the return of Christ will be a time of judgment and condemnation. Just as believers will be judged and declared innocent and righteous based on their faith in Christ, so too shall unbelievers be judged and condemned because of their rejection of Christ. The Hell to which they go shall be eternal, just as Heaven will be eternal for believers.
Once Christ returns, all hope for salvation will be gone. The time to consider these eternally important truths is today. There is hope today, while you still have life. Are you ready for the return of Christ? If it were to happen today would you be joyful or sorrowful? On that day, will Jesus be your savior or your eternal judge? Consider these things today. Repent of your sin and believe in Jesus. Follow him and have life. Then look with eager expectation toward his return.