Within the texts of the bible there are several references that warn us that the end will come quickly, no one will know the time that Jesus will return. 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3 and Revelation 16:15 are but a few verses that remind us of his return. As I look around at the reaction of the world, the media, and dare I say it, even the church in some circumstances, it appears that we do not take this warning seriously. The response to the current Mayan predictions is one of a joke as people play off the idea that it will be an actual event. This response just reinforces the arrogant, self-assured and 'she'll be right' attitude that we westerners seem to have. It seems to me that it is perfectly legitimate to promote Santa Claus and his immenant return each year but to suggest that Jesus will return soon only promotes mocking as we are told that he does not exist, and that Christians live in a fairy world.
As I listen to the responses of people to this Mayan prediction it breaks my heart and causes much frustration. The role of the church is to share the good news of Jesus and it tells of a time in which all things will be restored. The violence and sin of this world will be removed and those who have received Christ and who have believed his message (the whole message and not just the bits that make us feel good) will be forever in his presence and living in a time of Love, peace and restoration.
What if the Mayan prediction is right? What if today everything changes? Where will you go? Do you know Jesus? Have you believed his message? Have you allowed it to truly transform your life?
There are plenty of what if's we could be asking about this stuff. The reality is that the end will come one day. Will we be ready? Are we taking it seriously or are we treating it as a joke just as we are now with the Mayan prediction? I don't know about you but I want to take every claim seriously (to a point). We need to remain alert and ready for what WILL happen. One day, our mocking and self-assurance and arrogance will backfire and we will each ultimately be responsible for our preparation for it. When we stand before God we won't be able to pass the buck and blame someone else for our lack of preparation and our failure to take seriously the things He has been telling us for centuries. Today I ask the question: What if today was your last day here on this earth, would you be ready?
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3