You see, the best stories I ever heard as a child were not fairytales at all. For in my very favorite book, there is a non-fiction account of a young boy slaying a giant. In this book, men survived the lion’s den. And one individual literally parted the Red Sea. A few loaves of bread and a handful of fish fed thousands. And the King of Kings and Lord of Lords was born in a manger and then hung on a cross to die. At that very moment, my sins were all washed away. But the best part of all is that He arose from the dead on the third day and sits at the right hand of His Father in Heaven to this very day. And I can talk to Him whenever I want, no cell phone required! While the stories in the Bible seem wondrous and awe-inspiring, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that every single one of them is 100% true.
When I watch the news, I can’t help but think how many prophecies in the Bible are coming true today, right before our very eyes. Just as the Bible predicts, nations are rising up against nation, and there are wars and rumors of wars. The line between right and wrong is being blurred, as seen in the way millions of babies are losing their lives each year through abortion. And homosexuality, drugs, alcohol, and other promiscuous behavior are gradually becoming more and more acceptable within our society. The government is being infiltrated by corruption as well, causing confusion as to who can be trusted. Children are being influenced by the wrong crowd, and they often lack the parental support that is so crucial to a young person’s transition into adulthood. Even the weather has turned on its head with record highs and lows in the most unlikely places, as well as an ever-increasing number of earthquakes, snowfalls, tornadoes, and other severe weather around the world.
Let’s face it. Life is not the same as it was when my parents and grandparents were growing up. Black and white has turned to gray. We no longer live in the Donna Reed or Leave it to Beaver society where every neighborhood is ornately manicured and the mother wears pearls to cook dinner for her family every evening. While wearing pearls is certainly not the criteria for a good mother, it is certain that these shows did promote moral behavior, strong family relationships, and the idea that life is a valuable gift. Since then, the definition of a family has been altered quite considerably in some homes and many people take life for granted. The Bible refers to the “gracious gift of life” (I Peter 3:7). We have been given something that money cannot buy. We can take our life and use it for the glory of God, treating it like the treasure that it is, or we can throw it away as if it has no value or worth in our eyes.
God’s Word says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Jesus Christ did not die so that we would lead an immoral life and throw our lives away. He died so that we could live a life of abundance, a life of joy, peace, and love. Jesus Christ loves you more than you could ever possibly imagine. Your life is valuable. You have a purpose on this earth. You matter. And it is my prayer that you will follow in His footsteps. I pray that you will ask Him to be the Lord of your life. I pray that you will begin to enjoy a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you do, your life will be forever changed. And your future will get a whole lot brighter!
For centuries, people have talked about the return of Jesus Christ. Sadly, I’m sure some people have decided that it is just a fairytale. But one day soon, Gabriel’s trumpet will sound aloud, announcing the coming of the one and only King of Kings and Lord of Lords. All Christians will rise up to meet Him in the sky. We will live eternally with Him. I urge you to please ensure that your heart is right with God and that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As the song says, redemption draweth nigh. Friend, the Bible is true. There is only one God. Jesus Christ is real. And He is coming back for His chosen people any day now. I pray you are ready. For the return of Jesus Christ is not a fairytale, but a dream come true for those who are gazing at the Eastern Sky!