"Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." (NIV)
I was excited a few months ago when I saw the "Coming Soon" sign posted in the vacant lot a few miles from my house. The sign is a promise that a restaurant I enjoy is going to be built. I can almost taste the tacos, nachos and burritos! In anticipation, I look for activity on the lot every time I pass by. Unfortunately, I am going to have to wait a while before I can sink my teeth into a taco. Although the sign says "soon" so far nothing has happened. I am even beginning to wonder if anything ever will.
There is another, much more important event that has also been promised to be "Coming Soon." That is the return of our Lord. Several times in the book of Revelation, Jesus promises that He is coming soon. But Revelation was written nearly two thousand years ago and so far we are still anticipating His return. Some scoffers are saying that since He has not yet come, He probably will not. But that is not true.
In John 14: 2-3, Jesus says: "In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (NIV)
We have Jesus' Word that He is building beautiful dwellings for us so we can some day be with Him. While I may doubt the validity of the sign in the vacant lot, I will not doubt Jesus. I am watching for His return …soon.