My twelve year old son Logan and I left our Saturday morning hospital visitation and drove to the south end of our town of Enid to watch Air Force One land at Vance Air Force Base, just about five miles from our home. Marine One was present to shuttle the President of the United States fifty miles to Stillwater, Oklahoma for the commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma State University.
My son and I were amazed at the number of people who parked their cars on the sides of the highways and byways near Vance, stood on the side of the road,and looked up. They were doing nothing, but gazing into the skies --- desiring to catch a glimpse of the soon coming President. As I watched the hundreds of people craning their necks to see Air Force One, I looked down from our perch on the bridge over State Highway 81 and could see into the secure perimeter of Vance. There were probably two hundred people moving around, not in a rush, but maintaining a steady, persistent pace as they moved vehicles, established barriers, and prepped the people preparing to meet the President. These workers, whose necks were not strained to the heavens, were the President's people ---Secret Service, the advance team, and the White House scheduling organizers.
The President's people were used to the President's presence every day. They lived with him, talked with him, and served him. Talk of his coming was irrelevant to them, because he was with them continually. Yet the President's people were surrounded by people who craned their necks to the sky, doing nothing, waiting for the President to come.
Suddenly, an analogy came to mind for me.
We live in a day when people talk of Christ coming to earth. Fictional books are written as if they were fact about the soon return of Jesus Christ. Every now and then pronouncements are made that we are living in "the last days." Some extremists will even set dates and give reasons why "this year" won't pass without Jesus Christ coming again to earth.
I propose to you that the people who have genuinely, personally, and effectually been impacted by Christ's person and power live in the knowledge HIs presence daily. Talk of His Coming is irrelevant. The King is already here. His kingdom includes me. Everything I do, everything I say, everything I accomplish is done in light of Christ's presence. I serve Him, live for Him, and prepare others to meet Him.
Sure, Christ is coming some day in unique ways. He will "come" for me at my death. He will "come" in judgement upon the world to end time as we know it, but to His people this just means we keep doing what He has assigned us to do --- whatever that may be.
Martin Luther was once asked what he would do if he knew Jesus Christ were returning to earth that particular day. His response? "I would do exactly what I intended to do when I awoke -- plant an apple tree in my garden."
If you don't understand Luther's response you might not be one of the King's men. You may be looking to the heavens to catch a glimpse of "The Coming King" and lost sight of the fact that for those who know the King, He is already here.
Have a Great Lord's Day,