I was in the grocery store tonight , digging out my ATM card when the young male checker smirked to his co-workers, "We have six more minutes until we are out of here."
At first, I thought he was getting off work in 6 minutes...but then I realized he was talking about the Howard Camping Judgment Day prediction for 6:00 pm tonight--May 21, 2011.
As a born again Christian, I had not given this prediction any consideration, since the Bible clearly states that no man knows the day or hour of Christ's return, not even the angels or Christ, only God himself.
Mark 13:32 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
I believe the Bible is the ordained Word of God. Jesus gave his life for my sin and all of the sin of the world. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I have sinned. And I still sin every day that I am alive. But God forgives me. He is a just and loving God. I have confessed that I am a sinner and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior.
Being "born again" does not mean I am perfect. Hardly. It means that with the forgiveness of Christ, through his death and resurrection and my acknowledgment of my sins and acceptance of Christ in my life, I have been born a new person. A new life with Christ. A second chance.
I recently discovered this video. It impacted me and so simply and clearly depicts the love of a father for his son and the sacrifice that God made--the sacrifice of His only son for us. You and me.
I cannot fathom that kind of sacrifice. I am awed.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life."
Everlasting life. Wow.
Have you ever thought of infinity and imagined everlasting life? It is mind blowing. I want to live forever with Jesus. Infinity in Heaven. A never-ending life of peace and happiness. The promise of Heaven.
Life is hard. In so many ways for all of us. We each have our own struggles, temptations and battles.
Being a Christian doesn't make life easier. But I have help. I have Jesus. Jesus is the one who gets me through the days that feel impossible. The days that make me break down and feel as if I can not take one more step. Endure one more rejection. One more failure. He is the one who carries me when I fall down and cannot get back up. He is the one that consoles me when all I want to do is cry. He is the one that forgives me when I screw up again.
His face will be the first one I see when the Rapture does occur and I am taken up to Heaven. No matter the day or hour, I will be Heaven bound. I don't have to worry one day about when. No one needs to predict the day for me. I am ready.