Why is Jesus Delaying?

2_peter_3.9__nlt_pictureSo many people mock God, saying things like,

“When is He coming again? If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t He show us His great power right here and now and end all the suffering in the world? If Jesus is coming again, where is He? Why doesn’t He just come now?”

For many of us, we argue the ideas that God has chosen humans to be the agents of change. To quote Gabriella Francini from the movie “Megiddo: The Omega Code 2”: “God does not force us to do the good. We must choose the good.”

Or, as the great Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

But I want to make a different kind of point here. And it has to do with why it seems that Jesus’ Second Coming seems so delayed to us.

In Peter’s second letter to the strangers (Peter’s name for Christians; more on that later), he tells them:

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise [of the end and the Second Coming of Jesus], as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

Jesus’ continual “delay”, as we see it, is because of God’s great love for us. God desires one thing, and it is that all people come to Him through repentance and belief in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Paul speaks along the same vein in his letter to the Romans:

“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)

We all long for God’s judgment and the swift return of Jesus, but the “delay” is intentional.

It is to bring more people to repentance. God hopes that those who see His loving kindness in delaying judgment and justice will cause them to come to Him in awe and love and gratefulness for not giving them the punishment that is due them for their sins.

Remember, brothers and sisters, that “…the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…” (2 Peter 3:10). It will come, and how great and terrible will that day be.

Keep doing good works. Keep preaching the Gospel of Christ. Keep loving. And keep praying that more and more people will see God’s loving kindness and patience and will turn to Him.

This is what the Sovereign LORD says.

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