Dear Mrs. Sox,
When is Jesus going to come? What will we see when He comes?
We don’t know when Jesus will come. The Bible tells us that He will come like a thief in the night. Thieves come when we don’t expect them. Many people do not expect Jesus so they will be very surprised.
Jesus tells us signs that point to His coming. Many of them have already happened or are happening right now. Earthquakes, famines, wars, and frightened people are all signs that Jesus’ coming is close.
Even though it seems as if Jesus is taking a long time to get here, the Bible tells us "the Lord is not slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief" (2 Peter 3:9, 10, NCV).
What will we see when Jesus comes back? Here are some of the things:
Angels told Jesus’ disciples that He would come back in the same way that He left them. "They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking into the sky? Jesus, whom you saw taken up from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you saw him go’ " (Acts 1:11, NCV).
Revelation 1:7 tells us "Look, Jesus is coming with the clouds, and everyone will see him, even those who stabbed him. And all peoples of the earth will cry loudly because of him. Yes, this will happen! Amen" (NCV).
In 1 Thessalonians we read that "the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And those who have died believing in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive will be gathered up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever" (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17, NCV).
And Jesus told His disciples that " ‘people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. Then he will send his angels all around the earth to gather his chosen people from every part of the earth and from every part of heaven’ " (Mark 13:26, 27, NCV).
I think it will be awesome to see Jesus come. And I don’t think His coming is very far off. Let’s ask Jesus to keep us following Him right on into heaven!
Dear Mrs. Sox,
I want God to come into my life and forgive my sins; but how do I do that? It seems like I just keep on sinning and can't find the time to spend with Jesus. Chris
You have asked the most important question anyone can ask. Here is a way to think about it and understand how to answer.
The Bible tells us that sin always, always, always brings death. It also tells us that we all have sinned. That means we're all in big trouble!
God made a plan to rescue people from the death that sin brings. Instead of you dying for your sins, Jesus died for them.
Your part is to accept Jesus as your Savior. That means you ask God to accept Jesus' death for you so that you won't have to die.
So, tell God that you are sorry for your sins and thank Him for His plan to save you from eternal death.
Ask Him to forgive your sins and to send His Holy Spirit to live in you to change you to be just like Jesus.
Ask Him to make you more and more like Jesus every day.
And then, ask God for the faith to believe that He will do what He has promised to do.
Now you need to know everything you can possibly learn about Jesus because the more you look at Him and learn about Him, the more the Holy Spirit can change you into being like Him.
In the morning—after the alarm clock rings or your mom or dad calls you, sit up and put your legs over the edge of the bed. (That's so you won't fall back asleep!) Before you do anything else, bow your head and say something like this, "Good morning God. Thank You for a new day. Help me to grow to be more like Jesus today. Help me remember to be kind and listen to Mom and Dad and my teacher and obey them. Help me to remember all day long that I'm Your child and that you will take care of me and keep me from sin. Amen."
If you aren't having worship at breakfast time, ask your mom or dad if you can start. A good place to begin is to read the book of Mark out of a children's version of the Bible. Just read a few verses or a story each morning and ask each other what you learn about Jesus in those verses. Then ask God to put those things into your life.
In the evening get ready for bed fifteen minutes earlier than you usually do. Then, in family worship or by yourself, read your Sabbath School lesson story and do one of the activities that is in the Bible Study Guide (quarterly). Be sure to memorize your memory verse. It is really fun to learn it by singing the memory verse song from the Sing-A-Long Memory Verses CD.
After spending time with God by studying your Sabbath School lesson, take another look at the message of the story. In Primary Treasure, we put a line that says, "This story can teach me that . . . ." Think about that message and what it tells you about God and worshiping Him and being a Christian and helping others. Then ask God to put that thing into your heart and life.
It takes time to get to know someone. But don't you think it is worth the time to get to know God? I do. I'll be praying for you. Love, Mrs. Sox
PS to all my primary friends: You can accept Jesus into your life just as Chris can. Go through the steps above and give yourself to Him. You can do it by yourself or ask your mom, dad, or the adult you live with to make sure you understand. Then you can pray and the grown-up with you can pray too.