“You’ll have time to rest when you’re dead.” Have you heard that saying before?
Now, it is kind of true. In fact, when we think of the afterlife, this is what we know to be true. We endure this life – it’s joys, it’s pain, it’s sorrow, and it’s realities – knowing that this isn’t all there is. That there is a place where we will rest…when our time here on earth is done…when we’re dead.
That’s not the full story, though.
We believe as a church that Jesus is coming back again at some point to usher in the ultimate renewal of creation and humanity. It’s all over the place in the New Testament. Just about every new testament letter speaks of this future coming of Jesus.
The second coming of Jesus is, admittedly, kind of hard to believe.
- Never seems to come when we need or want him to
- Seems like life is too normal for something so supernatural to happen
And the big question we have is, “If this was a promise from Jesus’ own lips…why hasn’t it happened yet?”
2 Peter 3:9-10 – God is not in a hurry
Jesus is coming back and that should make a difference for you and me today and every day.
His second coming reminds us that:
- God is not bound by nature (2 Peter 3:4-7)
- God is not bound by time (2 Peter 3:8-9)
It also tells us how we should live, today (2 Peter 3:9-15; Acts 1:7-8):
- God is giving us time to live at peace with Him, ourselves, and with others (2 Peter 3:14)
- God is giving us time to talk and tell about Him with the people in our lives who don’t know him yet (2 Peter 3:15; Acts 1:7).
God is not in a rush to come back. This is for our good!
“You already know these things, dear friends. So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:17-18