I. THE 5 REASONS CHRISTIANS DON’T WANT JESUS TO COME BACK
A. THEY’RE TOO COMFORTABLE
1. Amos 6:1 “Woe to you who are at ease in Zion….” We Americans are blessed to live at a time and place where we have incredible luxuries and wealth. We’ve become too comfortable in our materialism. All of our toys make us happy.
2. So we’re not excited about going to heaven because this life is so pleasant; heaven can even sound like a boring place.
3. This is the same soft prison that almost caused Lot to be destroyed; “the angels urged Lot… “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” When he hesitated, the [angels] grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city…” Genesis 19:15-16.
4. May God help us not to be so deceived by life’s pleasures that we chose the temporal over the eternal! Peter pleads, “Beloved, I beg you, as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” 1 Pet. 2:11.
B. NOT READY TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT, UNPREPARED
1. Jesus told many stories/parables about people not being ready to stand before God at death or the rapture:
a. the five foolish virgins,
b. the rich man and Lazarus,
c. the disobedient steward (Matthew 24),
d. the judgment of the sheep and goats.
2. The Lord Jesus saw this as one of the greatest problems and warned us repeatedly, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” Mt. 24:44.
3. “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak….You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him….The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows” Lk. 12:38,40,47.
C. THEY LOVE THIS WORLD
1. 2 Tim. 4:10 “for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.”
2. Lot’s wife left Sodom, but Sodom controlled her heart, so she looked back longingly (Gen. 19:26) and was turned into a pillar of salt!
3. The Lord Jesus used this story to point out our need to make a permanent decision to surrender our lives to Him; “Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” Luke 17:32-35.
4. This is a direct allusion to why people will be “left” behind when the rapture takes place: they love the world more than they love God. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.” 1 Jn. 2:15.
5. Beware that you love Jesus more than this world!
D. THEY LOVE THEIR BESETTING SINS
1. I will never forget the story I read about the volcanic eruption on the Roman island-resort of Pompeii. When the Roman city of Pompeii was being excavated, the body of a woman was found mummified by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius.
2. Her position told a tragic story. Her feet pointed toward the city Gates, but her outstretched arms and fingers were straining towards something that she had dropped behind her. The treasure for which she was grasping was a bag of pearls.
3. Clovis Chappel said, “Though death was rolling toward her, and life was beckoning to her beyond the city Gates, she could not shake off the spell — she loved her pearls more than life itself!” (Feminine Faces, Clovis Chappel).
4. This is like many Christians who have a besetting sin that they will not give up. You can’t play with sin. Peter warned about sin, “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them” 2 Pet. 2:19.
E. THEY WANT MORE TIME FOR OTHERS TO BE SAVED
1. This is the only GOOD REASON to not want Jesus to come, if you’re desiring to see someone be saved. I have often heard parents lament the soon coming of Christ because some of their wayward kids weren’t saved.
2. But unfortunately, it’s more often than not just a smokescreen. If this is your concern, how many doors have you knocked on this past week, month, year? How many of your loved ones have you witnessed to this week, this month, this year?
3. C. S. Lewis pointed out that the more you believe in the imminent rapture, the more likely you are to witness. He wrote in Mere Christianity, “If you read some of the historical accounts you will find that the Christians who did the most for this present world were just those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
Where do you stand today on the imminent return of Jesus Christ? Are you ready for His return at any moment? In The Revelation of Jesus Christ in the Bible Jesus last words in the book are “Surely I come quickly.”