We have just finished celebrating the Advent (coming) of Christ the Lord. Wouldn’t it be cool if we celebrated the 2nd Advent of the Lord in one week? We wouldn’t be the first people on Earth to say something like that…in Jesus’ words, “Surely I am coming quickly” and John the beloved adds, “…amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
Do I believe that Christ can come at any moment? Absolutely! I will echo John’s sentiment, “Come, Lord Jesus!” But, will He come quickly? The humor of it all is the Greek word used by John…translated “quickly.” Quickly is a root word from where we get our English word “tachometer.” Jesus isn’t teasing the world for the last 2 millennium, with His usage of “quickly.” The word quick is relative to what? At one time, the horse was the fastest means to getting somewhere. During the Pony Express days “travel between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts was about 10 days” Wikipedia. Today, “…while in orbit, the space shuttle travels around Earth at a speed of about 17,500 mph…the crew can see a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes” NASA.
Mockers in the Apostle Peter’s days said what a lot are saying today: “…where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation…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 3:4, 8-9).
He is coming! Best advice: “…be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2-3). In short, make plans for a lifetime, but live your life as though Jesus were returning today.
Happy New Year could be in Heaven,