Just imagine it—looking up, and along with the rest of the world, seeing Jesus coming down to Earth in the clouds. For those of us who know Him as our Savior, it will be a gloriously wonderful day! But what about everyone else? Matthew 24:30 and Revelation 1:7 both speak of all the peoples of the Earth mourning when they see Him coming. Why?
At that moment, those who have put their trust in Jesus will experience something magnificent; their faith will become sight. Those who have rejected the gift of His salvation will experience something horrifying; their unbelief will become condemnation. They will realize their mistake and mourn for what they’ve lost. It will be too late for them.
I know people that believe that there is a God–but they haven’t accepted what Jesus did for them on the cross. I know people that think they are "good" —and that being good is enough to insure their admittance to Heaven. I actually know people who are convinced that there is no God at all—and they, like the others, will be among those who mourn.
What can we do?
If you are reading this and you are not sure if you would be rejoicing if you saw Jesus coming in the clouds, there is only one thing to do: humbly pray and tell God that you believe in Him and in His Son, Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of all the things you have done to displease Him. Ask Him to come into your life and guide you, believing that Jesus has paid the penalty for your sins when He died on the cross. If you truly believe and accept what He has done for you, you will no longer be among those who would mourn at His coming.
If you are reading this and you have friends who do not understand who God is and what He has done for them, you are definitely not alone. We all are very well acquainted with future mourners–for that is who we once were. We can pray and ask God to break strongholds in their lives and draw them to Himself. We can ask others to pray for them. We can speak about what God has done for us. We can invest our words and actions into their lives, implanting the love of God a little at a time.
God’s forgiveness is infinite; it is able to transfer our membership from the company of mourners to that of those who rejoice.
Which group are you in?