pastor's article 03-31-24

“Behold the Lord Cometh” is found three different times in the Word of God in that order, and each time it is talking about when the Lord comes back.
This is a great phrase to ponder on Easter Sunday because it would be impossible for the Lord to return were He not resurrected after His death and burial. Remember, friend, today we have hope because of His resurrection from the dead. The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15: 20 that Jesus was “the firstfruits of them that slept.” This means that all our hope of overcoming death through resurrection rests in Christ’s resurrection. If there is no resurrection, then this life is the only hope we have. And if this life is the only hope we have, then Paul said it well, “we are of all men most miserable” (verse 19).  As Christians, our hope is not found in this world but in God’s Word and the promise of eternal life. We have a better home, a better land, and a better life to look forward to. We can stand at the graveside and smile; we can face sickness and disease, even sickness unto death, with an assurance of healing because we know our hope is steadfast in the Lord, and “Behold the Lord Cometh.” We don’t know when He is coming or when we are going, but we know without a doubt that our Lord is coming. If we go before He comes, we will be coming with Him, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  As I watch people scramble for riches and fight for one more day of life here, my heart is filled with sadness for them: all that they work for and worry about will fade away as does their life and hope of a better day. If the world could only grasp this simple truth that “The Lord Cometh” and be ready for that day, what peace they could have.
Have you been able to behold that truth? The fact is that the Lord is coming and He has made a way for you to be ready for His appearing. Accept Christ while it is today so you can rest with a peace that surpasses all understanding. 
Rev. Wayne Marcus