A lot has been made the past few weeks about Harold Camping's prediction that Jesus was returning for Judgment Day last Saturday, May 21at 6pm EST. News Flash...it did not happen. In a blog post a week or two previous to that date I commented that we would be at the beach with friends at that exact time. If it had been the "big day" I can not imagine being in better company.
That aside, I spend enough time talking about the damage the church has done by not showing and demonstrating what it really looks like to follow Jesus Christ. I'm not spending time on that in this post other than simply say behavior such as this prediction and it's sensationalized publicity is embarrassing to many Christ-followers. It does not help. My Jesus invited people into relationship with him through kindness and love, not fear.
More importantly, I wanted to say this. You do not need to fear or worry about the return of Jesus. His spirit is here now. As he announced, he is building his kingdom on earth and we are encouraged to join him in that work. It is an invitation based on authentic love. My Jesus...and your Jesus is here everyday bidding us to be part of his plan. In essence, we are invited to come away with him to be part of something bigger. Something wild.
Everyday we get a choice. One of them is choosing to join what Christ is up to. Yes, the bible speaks of a day when Christ physically returns to join a new heaven and earth. I still don't quite understand all the details, but until then as long as I am on this earth I am excited that Christ is here everyday.
Everyday. For me. For you.