In my quiet time this morning I came accross an interesting thought. It is, of course, not new, but it was certainly fresh for me. I was reading through 2 Peter. In chapter one he urges his reader to live lives that promoted godliness and self-control. Something that immediately began to work on me. Then in verse 12 he writes, “Therefore, I will always remind you about these things – even though you already know then and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught.” (NLT) From there he launches into talking about how important the Truth from their first-hand testimony and the Old Testament Scripture is. Then, in chapter two, he discusses the dangers and folly of the false teachers who only seek to make a quick buck or just be meany-pants.
Then, he gets to chapter 3. This is where he begins tying everything in this letter together. Apparently, one of the worst heresies being spread was that Jesus really wasn’t going to return because He had not yet done so (2 Peter 3:4). This is what Peter had to say about that:
“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. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 2:8-9, NLT)
“And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight. And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved…” (2 Peter 3:14-15a, NLT)
Why is Jesus waitinig so long to come back? He wants more people to know Him. I came accross this quote and I will stop:
“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned or unprayed for.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
This is why Jesus waits, and leaves us here on earth. Even as He was sent to the world to seek and to save, He sent His disciples into the world to do the same, and we are of those who are still being sent.
Are you going?