Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Delay of game?
The end of the year almost always has at least a few frantic believers looking wonderingly, fearfully, or hopefully at the sky.
Because they have been told that Jesus will return soon.
Significant dates such as a New Year or astronomical events like a full moon tend to bring out the apocalyptic prophet in people. Anticipation is primed.
But in between?
Life as we know it, moving apace, frantic and flailing, eating and drinking, buying and selling. Especially as Christmas approaches and gifts need getting!
Some pray, “There’s a really good sale, Lord, so hopefully you can hold off a couple of weeks.”
Or of it’s not Christmas it’s some other big life event we want to experience before Jesus returns. A wedding, a birth, a special trip.
You know you’ve thought it. “Jesus, come back, but not just yet.”
It’s a faith of pendulum swings and extremes.
Of this frame of mind, Hebrews chides us a little saying, “...so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28, ESV).
What could possibly be better than life eternal in the presence of our Creator? Think about it. Then, every day, look up with eager expectation and hope that this is the big one.
Are there times you hoped Jesus would not return? What was happening that you felt was more important? Do you anticipate Jesus’ return daily? Why or why not? Share you thoughts in the comments!
NOTE: For the past several and for the next few weeks, Tuesday’s post will be a brief two-minute devotional. Think, “Tuesday Two-Minute Devotional” or “Two-Minute Tuesdays” or something along those lines. ;-)