Are you ready for his return? God will not leave you hanging
2 Peter 3:4,8-10
They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.”
2 Peter 3:9-10 NLT
My dear Colleague in Ministry, Pastor Bartholomew Orr recently went viral with a video of him gliding through the air suspended by a cable as he introduced his sermon for the day…”Are you ready for Christ’s return.” It was a sight to see the pastor floating over the heads of his congregation as he descended to the pulpit. When he gets to the pulpit he stops in the middle of the air unable to get down until the cable operator lowers him down. There is somewhat of a pregnant pause as he is delayed in coming down and the pastor somewhat anxiously utters a code word for get me down…”aaaamen.” They spin around toward the congregation so that he can begin his sermon.
Everybody and their mother had something to say about this display; from Ricky Bell of BBD to DL Hughley. Whether you agreed or disagreed with the stunt it got people’s attention.
One day soon Jesus will get everyone’s attention when he does in fact return. Many of us have become desensitized to this fact because we feel like God has left us suspended in mid air for too long. It’s been 2,000 years since Jesus ascended into heaven to stand at the right hand of God. We’ve been through century after century of wars and rumors of war, natural disaster, and man’s inhumanity to many in hopes that Jesus would soon return.
Peter reminds us that according to God’s timetable Jesus’ return is still on schedule. A thousand years are like one day to God so Jesus has only been gone two days! He got up from the grave in three!
God has not left us suspended in the air for people to ridicule us but he’s held us in suspension to give us time to turn ourselves back around to him!
- God’s delay is due to the fact that he’s being patient with you. I don’t think we are ready for Jesus to come back because humanity is in a mess! When I was little my mother had to go to work and expected us to have the house clean before she returned. We would wait to the last minute to clean up but a few times she came home early only to find us sleep and the house filthy. If Jesus came back today what condition would he find your life in?
- God doesn’t want any one to be destroyed. When Jesus returns he’s coming back for judgment. He will judge the world based upon what they’ve done good or bad. God’s delay is his way of giving us a chance to get our house in order.
- God wants us to turn our lives around and head in a New Direction. The reason there has been a delay is because God loves us enough to give us time to repent as a Nation. Is it easier to condemn a preacher over his visual aid of preaching about Jesus’ return or for you to examine your life to see if you need to turn yourself around and place your feet on solid ground?
Thank you for not leaving me hanging. I realize that my life at times feels like I’m hanging in the balance and vulnerable to criticism because the people around me don’t think that you’re really coming back. But I know today that you’ve just given me some extra time to get myself together. Father Time is winding up. The world is getting worse and I know that Jesus is getting close. Lord bring our feet back down to the earth so that we can prepare ourselves by repenting and turning from our wicked ways before it’s too late.
In Jesus’ Name