In a recent edition of his One-Minute Uplift newsletter, pastor Rick Ezell writes: “George Tulloch led an expedition to the spot where the Titanic sank in 1912. He and his crew recovered numerous artifacts. Before leaving the site, Tulloch’s team set out to raise a 20-ton piece of iron. They were successful in lifting it to the surface, but a storm blew in and the ropes broke and the Atlantic reclaimed her treasure. Tulloch was forced to retreat and regroup. Before he left, he did something curious. He descended into the deep, and with the robotic arm of his submarine, attached a strip of metal to a section of the hull. On the metal he’d written these words, ‘I will come back, George Tulloch.’

“Jesus uttered the same words to His disciples: ‘I will come back.’ Jesus made a promise He intends to keep. We don’t know how He will come for us. We really don’t know why He would come for us. We have our ideas and opinions. The only thing we can be certain of is that Jesus will come again. We have His Word on it. We can trust Jesus Christ to keep His Word. He is coming back. We just don’t know when He will come for us.

“In C.S. Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader, a conversation between Lucy and Aslan, the lion who is the Christ-figure in the story, unfolds:
‘”Do not look so sad. We shall meet soon again.”
“Please, Aslan,” said Lucy, “what do you call soon?”
“I call all times soon,” said Aslan; and instantly he was vanished away.’

“We can, however, be certain Jesus’ return is closer today than it was yesterday. Tomorrow, it will be even closer.” (Click here to subscribe to OMU.)

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