It happened all of a sudden. A deadly tsunami swept across the coastal regions of Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.
No one knew the tsunami was coming. That tragic day on 23 December saw 426 dead, 29 missing, 7,202 injured and 43,386 displaced, leaving behind a trail of damaged homes, shops and vessels.
There was no warning. No sirens were heard in those coastal towns. People were going about their business as usual. A popular band was playing to a huge crowd on the beach resort. The audience was having a great time singing, clapping and waving. All of a sudden the tsunami struck. The terrifying wall of water came down on them. And they were hurled and dragged far out into the sea.
In this tsunami-prone country, there was a tsunami early detection and warning system. Sadly it was out of action due to neglect, vandalism and lack of funds. One wonder ifthe loss of lives could have been averted if a warning was issued for the 24 minutes it took the deadly wave to hit land?
This tsunami has a lot in common with the parousia (Greek for the second coming of Christ). They both happen all of a sudden. They both taught us to be watchful and ready.
The Bible is full of warnings of the second coming of Christ or the Day of the Lord.
Most Christians are familiar with it but not frightened by it. They certainly don’t sense the imminence of His coming. They live as if the Lord is not going to come any time soon.
Jesus issued a warning citing the days of Noah and the days of Lot. Today He might cite the days of Tsunamis.
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).
The question is not “If Christ will return?” but “When He will return?”
The warning has sounded. The Lord will return all of a sudden when we least expected it “like a thief in the night” or “labour pains that come upon a pregnant woman” (I Thessalonians 5:2-3).
Ready or not, the Lord is coming! It is better to be ready.