The late John Clark, a powerful gospel preacher of the 20th century, used to tell a story about a Preacher waxing eloquent to a packed house about the second coming of Christ.
“I am coming soon,” he paraphrased Jesus’ promise.
With greater emphasis, he repeated, “I am coming soon.”
Finally, as he stood on the edge of the stage, with fevered pitched emotion, he shouted, “I am coming soon.”
At that point he lost his balance and landed in the lap of a sister in the first row. Obviously embarrassed, the Preacher quickly got up and profusely apologized.
The sister said, “That ok. You warned me three times you were coming. I should have been ready.”
The Bible repeated warns of Christ’s coming. Yet many people either do not believe it, or do not consider it very seriously. Most people are not ready.
In one of the great texts of the Bible, the apostle Peter reminds us of Jesus’ return with these stirring words:
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:9-10)