Last year has come and gone. The holidays are finished. The kids are back in school. We’re all back to the daily grind. Another year is here. Here we go again.
Not much has changed in the world. We have the same old political rantings and wranglings regardless that a new US president will soon be sworn in. Terrorism continues to threaten our security. Cop killing is old news now. Riots in the streets are almost expected when people don’t get their way or are offended in any way. Shootings and killings are a daily occurrence. The economy remains unstable in spite of some who are hopeful for improvement. The Middle East is on shakier ground than ever. The UN keeps putting more and more pressure on Israel over occupied land while the US has turned its back on one of its greatest allies.
With a new year upon us, some believe conditions will get better. Others believe it will get worse. Whatever you believe, one thing is certain: Jesus still hasn’t returned yet. He didn’t appear in 2016. Will he come in 2017? Time will tell. But until that Great Day comes, we wait, watch, and hope.
There are the skeptics, however. They might make comments like, “Things didn’t get much better last year and this year it’ll just go on like it always has been for thousands of years. Every year since the church was started Christians get all hyped up about Jesus coming back to save the world. But they’ll be saying the same thing the next year, and the year after that, and on and on. If the world is in that bad of shape, then why hasn’t he come back yet?”
That sort of thinking takes us back to some comments the Apostle Peter made in the days of the early church:
…by recalling what was foretold by the holy prophets and commanded by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. “Where is the promise of His coming?” they will ask. “Ever since our fathers fell asleep, everything continues as it has from the beginning of creation,” (2 Peter 3:2-4, Berean Study Bible, BSB).
Jude, likewise, alerted the church:
But you, beloved, remember what was foretold by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ when they said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow after their own ungodly desires. “These are the ones who cause divisions, who are worldly and devoid of the Spirit,” (Jude 17-19, BSB).
These scoffers do not faze our faith, however. We know that such cynicism is exactly the attitude unbelievers will have when Jesus DOES return. So, with this sad reality in mind, how you would you answer the question, “Why hasn’t Jesus come back yet?”
Over the next three posts, I will specifically address this question with a three-part answer as it pertains to, (1) God’s fullness of time; (2) God’s calculation of time; and (3) God’s use of time. Please stay tuned.
Here’s a medley I think you’ll enjoy: http://youtu.be/HUyi91_qXPs
Good News to YOU!