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Christians look forward to the return of Jesus Christ and his restoration of all things. The consummation of history is the reason for the great hope that we have who trust in the Person and work of Christ. Writing near his death, the apostle Paul said, “[I]n the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8). Christians love the future appearing of their Lord. The Jesus of the Bible will bring an end to sin, suffering, death, and disappointment one day. This is reality for all who have surrendered in faith to Christ.
I am always encouraged by people whose lives tangibly reflect the future we have in Christ. It nudges me to put my chin up and hold current troubles in perspective. I want to tell you a story of an acquaintance who held that future hope of Christ in a, perhaps, comical-convicting reality. The following story is real.
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While in seminary, I knew this guy who we’ll call Ken. Ken was a senior at the Master’s University who lived in an off-campus dormitory. He was a cheery fellow, often smiling and laughing.
One evening, I was chatting with Ken about eschatology. We were discussing various upcoming events on the divine calendar. And Ken proceeded to tell me about the time he thought he missed the Rapture. “What happened?!”, I asked.
Ken - Morning - Chapel - Time
“Well,” Ken proceeded, “it was a morning that we had campus chapel. I woke up late, but didn’t know what time it was.”
He continued, “It was peculiarly quiet that morning. Really quiet. So, I got up and noticed all of my roommates were gone. I looked around the dorm...
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