The Day of the Lord
“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head” (Obadiah 1.15 ESV).
“The day of the Lord” is seen as declaration of the coming Messiah in both His first coming (which happened over 2000 years ago) and His final coming (which will happen in the final days). Jesus is our Messiah. When He first entered the earth, He broke His body, spilling out His atoning blood onto the earth. Because of the Finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, we are reconciled back to God. When Jesus comes the second time, He will judge the earth. Therefore, the fullness of God’s love will be poured out, which encompasses both His grace and mercy and His law and judgment. Jesus died on the cross not only to save us from our sins, but also so we can accomplish His will on this earth. We squander the life we have been blessed with when we are not about our Father’s business. This doesn’t mean we all need to be in fulltime ministry at a church or on the mission field. We can be in full time ministry with the Lord in any area of life to which He calls us. Ministry means to serve, and serving God every day in our natural daily tasks honors Jesus’ sacrifice for us. So when Jesus does come back in “His shining-greatness,” He’ll look upon our lives and tell us “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25.23 NIV).
“When the Son of Man comes in His shining-greatness, He will sit down on His throne of greatness. All the angels will be with Him. All the nations of the earth will be gathered before Him. He will divide them from each other as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25.31-32 NLV).