The Lord Jesus will return. He is coming. A Second Advent shall occur. Yes, I know we Christians have been babbling on about Christ’s Second Coming for centuries. It’s been two-thousand years since the incarnation, and here we are still talking about Jesus’ return. No, followers of Christ are not deluded or unusually weird (well, maybe a little weird). God is not on vacation. He isn’t aloof or unconcerned. He exists, and he is up to something. “The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost.” Like a watching and concerned parent, God is waiting for all kinds of people to turn from empty wayward lives and return to him. Yes, God has not yet returned because he is waiting for us to return.
What some people often interpret as not caring is simply a cold misinterpretation of reality. God cares. God is infinitely patient. God carefully and adroitly graces individuals with repentance full of faith that leads to a new life of peace, joy, and righteousness. If we can admit that our perspective on things is typically puny and very limited, then we can begin to entertain a larger notion that God doesn’t operate like we do and his timetable is quite different than ours.
There is no better time than now to participate with God by praying that your prodigal son or daughter, your wayward friend, and your clueless neighbor will come to know Jesus in this Advent season. If God is waiting for folks to repent and believe the good news of forgiveness and new life in Christ, then he is also waiting for us to have some focused, sustained, and passionate prayer for those in need of Jesus. May the angels in heaven rejoice on Christmas Day that salvation has come to your world.
Saving Lord, your grace and compassion know no bounds. Let the finished work of Jesus be applied to the homes of my friends, neighbors, and relatives so that they can know the incredible joy of new life through the incarnation, cross, and resurrection of Christ. Amen.