When He Shall Appear

I John 3:1-3

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This is speaking of the appearing of Christ in the clouds. It will trigger the Rapture of the saints. Society will be going on as usual and....

Those without Christ will look around with no understanding as to what has happened. The news media will try to explain our departure as some invasion from another planet, or maybe some other equally ridiculous way. While the world looks for us, we will be with the Lord.

This word "hope" is an interesting word. It doesn't carry the usual meaning of: "the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out well." It's not like hoping for a new car for your birthday or a new stereo. It's not like hoping for a raise at work. It's not that kind of hope.

Those who are born again are not going around "hoping" that we will go to heaven; nor is it a situation where "if everything goes right then we will go to heaven." It means: "(to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation or confidence:-- faith, hope." The anticipation; the expectation; the confidence; the faith.

A little girl heard a preacher on the radio say that Jesus may come today. She went upstairs, took a bath, and put on her clean white dress and then stood by the window. Her mother went upstairs and saw her, and ask her, "What are you doing?" "I am waiting for Jesus to come", she replied. If we really believed what this verse means then we would be doing the same thing. We would be getting ourselves ready.

When you were a child maybe your mother had gone somewhere and while she was gone you did something maybe to the radio, the TV, the VCR, maybe a scratch on the dining table. Maybe you broke a window. There was no anticipation or eagerness; there was no expectation of desire for mom to come home. Why? Because you were not ready for her to come. There is only one thing that we need to do in regards to the expectation of the coming of Christ; that is to "purify ourselves." purify means to "make clean".

I. We Should Purify Our Hearts

II. We Should Purify Our Minds

III. We Should Purify Our Hands.

Do we have that hope?

Are we looking for Jesus with great expectation?

Are you purifying ourselves?