In the tapestry of promises that Jesus weaves for His followers, one stands out not just as the assurance of a heavenly abode but as the resounding promise of His return.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” – John 14:1-4

This pledge, echoing through the corridors of time, brings both solace and anticipation to those who seek comfort in His words.

As Jesus unveils this promise, we can imagine the relief that must have washed over the disciples. Moments earlier, He spoke of departure, a place they couldn’t follow, and the looming betrayal. The disciples, grappling with feelings of abandonment, now find solace in the assurance that Jesus will return. Although, they did not understand it at that time. The narrative points not to an immediate reunion but rather to the Second Coming, an event discussed in Luke chapter 21.

In times of global unrest, especially when events in Israel stir theological discussions about the end times, it’s essential to reflect on Jesus’ words. Luke 21 vividly describes signs in the sun, moon, and stars, distress among nations, and the expectation of cosmic upheaval. Yet, Jesus instructs His followers not to fear but to stand tall, heads lifted, for redemption draws near.

“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:25-28

Addressing concerns about specific geopolitical events, it’s crucial to remember that Jesus can return at any moment. While theological perspectives vary, the essence of Christ’s return is captured eloquently in Paul’s words to the Thessalonians. In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul paints a vivid picture of the Lord descending from heaven, accompanied by a shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God. The dead in Christ rise first, followed by the living, and together they meet the Lord in the air. It is a moment of ultimate reunion and eternal togetherness.

Paul concludes with a profound call to comfort one another with these words. Similar to how Jesus comforted His disciples, assuring them of His return, Paul encourages believers to find solace and reassurance in the anticipation of being forever with the Lord.

Revelation 19 provides a breathtaking glimpse into the majestic return of Jesus. Described as faithful, true, and the Word of God, He comes with eyes like flames of fire and a robe dipped in blood. The imagery of Jesus as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords evokes awe and reverence. This second coming Jesus is a fierce warrior God, and yet, for those who belong to Him, there is no fear.

In times of uncertainty, the resounding promise of Jesus’ return echoes with the same assurance: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in me.” It’s a promise that transcends the concerns of this world, offering a room in the house of the Lord forever. A room purchased with the sacrifice of Jesus, a room that awaits every believer.

As we navigate the complexities of our time, let us hold fast to the promise of His return. In the anticipation of that glorious moment, anxiety gives way to hope, depression surrenders to joy, and every fear finds its remedy in the comforting words of Jesus: “I am coming back.”


The content of this article is drawn from a segment of the sermon titled “I AM THE WAY, TRUTH, & LIFE,” delivered by Dale McCamish on November 12, 2023, at the Wilmington Church of Christ.

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