Posted by: glorifyhim1 | May 22, 2011

Why Jesus Didn’t Come

 

Today is May 22, 2011, the day after Harold Camping, evangelical broadcaster, predicted the rapture of believers and the arrival of Judgment Day. Reactions to Camping’s announcement ranged from fear and hope to joking and ridicule. News agencies reported that atheists in many parts of the world were even planning celebrations over the failure of Camping’s prediction.

I believe that the Bible is clear that we cannot know the day or hour that end time events will occur. Mark 13:32 states: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Yet while we may not know when, I do believe on the authority of God’s Word that these events are on God’s calendar. One day Christ will return to reign on the earth. The book of Acts records the disciples watching as Jesus ascended into heaven. “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’” (Acts 1:10-11). One day we will see Jesus return to earth the same way that the disciples saw Him being taken up into heaven.

While a majority of Christians recognize that the Bible teaches we cannot know the day or hour of Christ’s coming, what really got my attention was the reaction of many who do not believe in Christ. There was jeering and celebrating that Christ indeed had not returned according to Camping’s prediction. How sad I thought. They really believe that this is proof that Christ is not returning. I was reminded of Peter’s warning. “Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:3-4). Yet he continued: “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:8-9).

While Jesus didn’t return according to Camping’s prediction, one day He will return. Revelations 22:12-13 states: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” His return could be at any time. Yet every day He delays His coming is because He is longsuffering and sincerely desires for all people to come to Him. He delays His coming for the same reason He chose to stay on the cross and suffer death. It is because of His love for you and me. He wants to give each and every one of us yet another chance to repent of our sins and accept Him as our Savior.

So today, May 22, 2011, each of us has the gift of another day, another opportunity to make things right with Christ – or perhaps tell someone about Him. That is what Christ wants from each of us. Instead of arguing over when or how Christ will return, or debating the various interpretations concerning end time events, let us leave all of those things in our Father’s capable hands and instead be busy with what He told us to do.

  • Watch and pray. “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is (Mark 13:33).

 

  • Guard our hearts. “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly (Luke 21:34)

 

  • Keep on working. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing” (Matthew 24:45-46).

 

One day Christ will return. “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him” (Revelations 1:7a). We can look forward to His coming knowing that finally all things will be made right. There will be no more sin, no more suffering, no more death, and no more tears! And we will forever be with God who loves us and gave Himself for us! Jesus didn’t come on May 21, 2011, but all believers can look forward to the day when Christ does return. As long as He waits and delays His coming, let us watch and pray, guard our hearts, and keep on working so that others may also come to know that glorious hope!

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