If I’m honest, I have mixed feelings about the return of Christ.
I want him to come soon because I just can’t handle my chronic pain, the brokenness of my counselees, the ever-present evil and power of sin, the absence of truth and righteousness in myself, my family, the church, the world. It’s just so overwhelming. Jesus, please come quickly!
But I don’t want him to come quite yet, because there is so much to do! Things are not in order. My to-do list isn’t complete. I have unmet hopes and unfulfilled dreams. I want to live to see my children and my children’s children. Jesus, please wait a little longer!
. . . a rather temporal, earthly, self-centered perspective, I’m sure you’d agree.
But what if we tweak it just a little? What if our “mixed feelings” look like this:
I want him to come soon because I will see him face to face, and his judgments will be right, and the ungodly will be destroyed, and he will welcome me into the eternal kingdom – a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Jesus, please come quickly!
But I don’t want him to come quite yet, because the longer he delays, the more he saves. And as he wants all to reach repentance, so do I. Jesus, please wait a little longer!
So I patiently wait. Not that I may live a long life, but that many more may find true life in Jesus.
Count the patience of our Lord as salvation.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.
from 2 Peter 3
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