Anticipation

By: Tim Calcara

Emery’s here. She’s a 7 lb.9 oz. bundle of joy!  I am so excited. Our fourth grand baby, born on October 18th couldn’t have come soon enough and we were all smiles when we saw her pretty face for the very first time. What a fun few weeks it has been!

Anticipating her arrival got me thinking about another “anticipation” of sorts. It’s the very hope of every true believer. It’s the anticipation of Christ’s Second Coming. His return to Earth is promised more than once in the New Testament. This glorious event and all that follows is indeed, our destiny in Christ.

Now I know what many are saying about this event, You can almost hear them, can’t you?

“Christians have been predicting this event for over 2000 years and it hasn’t happened yet, Maybe ‘your god’ forgot about you (Yuk, yuk, Guffaw, Guffaw!)” etc. (And if they don’t say it, you know they’re at least thinking it.)  O well…

The rationale of the naysayers remind me of a passage of Scripture that I am sure was written for our encouragement, especially during times when we’re challenged by those who don’t view life through the lens of the Bible.

In 2 Peter, we read:

“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  2 Peter 3:3-9

That pretty much diffuses the argument of those who think that His Second Return is just an old wives’ tale, huh?

The birth of our grand baby was being anticipated just over 9 months ago because we have come to rely on a 9 month period of gestation – assuming all goes well – for a baby to be born.  As the time for her arrival came closer, I must admit however, the excitement grew with every passing day.

Concerning the imminent return of Jesus, we don’t have a specific time frame.  But we can rely on a faithful and true God who always fulfills his promises.

And, as we get closer with every passing day, I’m getting kind of excited just thinking about it. How about you?

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