What Are You Looking For?
Are you looking for something? If you can say you are not, you are a rare exception to the rule! Everyone at some time or another is looking for something.
Have you ever LOOKED for a misplaced item? Have you LOOKED for the perfect job, or the perfect mate? Have you LOOKED for a bargain while you shopped? See what I mean?
To LOOK means “to make use of the sense of sight, see”; it can also mean to “anticipate, esp. eagerly” as we LOOK forward to a birthday or a holiday.
In the Bible, the apostle Paul tells us in Phil. 3:20 that we are to “LOOK for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” We who have received Him as Lord and Saviour, are to eagerly anticipate His coming back to earth again. The fact of His return was established in Acts 1:10,11 where Luke tells us that “while they (Jesus’ disciples) LOOKED stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men (angels) stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” In Hebrews 9:28 we find that “unto them that LOOK for him shall he appear the second time.” Titus, too, tells us in Chapter 2, verse 13 that we are to be “LOOKING for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” II Peter 3:12 says we should be “LOOKING for and hasting unto the (second) coming of the day of God.” He goes on to tell us in verse 13 that “we, according to his promise, LOOK for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
Finally, in verse 14 of II Peter chapter 3, he tells us how the fact of our Lord’s imminent return should affect our lives when he says, “Wherefore (because He is coming again), beloved, seeing that ye may be found of him in peace without spot, and blameless.”
For the believer, this message is one of joy and hope and expectancy. But to those who have never placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their own personal Saviour and Lord, it is NOT good news. If Jesus Christ is not your Saviour, then He will be your Judge when He comes again. Will you right now admit that you are a sinner, ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and become a child of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Then you will be “LOOKING (expectantly and joyfully) unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
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