When Is He Coming Back?

ParousiaIllustration:  “Parousia” by Justin Morris (Concordia University Irvine), c. 2007 .  Oil on canvas.

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

For thousands of years, people have tried to predict the day of the Lord, the day of judgment. Prophets have spoken of it and visions about it have been interpreted. Today, Jesus’ promise that the end would come at a time only God knows, a promise given to reassure us of God’s power and redemptive grace, has instead divided the Church. Some Christians believe Jesus will be here soon; some believe there will be a long period of terror and tribulation before He comes; some believe tribulation will happen after Jesus takes all Christians to heaven.

It seems clear to me that Christ’s kingdom on earth has come and we are living in it. What else could explain the growth of the Church? Yet, it is also clear that the peace God has promised is not yet here. The Garden has yet to be restored. When will that happen? I think God’s answer would be, “When the time has fully come.”

Prayer: Dear God, help me to be ready for Your return every day. Preserve my faith in You and show me how to live for You. Amen.

As We Wait: No matter when Jesus returns and the world ends, remember that every day is judgment day for someone. Pray for an opportunity to share Jesus with someone who does not know Him yet.

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