Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Is Indifference on the Rise?

No doubt, some will roll their eyes if I suggest 2014 might be the year of Christ's return. But, Paul said those who love Jesus will long for His arrival (1 Tim 4:8). And John said the Spirit and the Bride cry, “Jesus come quickly” (Rev. 22:7). (Note: In the Jewish wedding custom, the bride didn't know when her bridegroom was coming, so she was perpetually prepared.)  Yet, in our day, it seems that passion for His return is on the wane, or worse, a matter of indifference. That said, since every generation thought Jesus would return in its lifetime, it is not surprising that such words  sound like fanatics “crying wolf”!

Still, His delay does not mitigate admonitions to be eagerly waiting and watching. In fact, Peter warned of those who would say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same” (2 Pet. 3:4). Do you know that indifference will be on the rise just before He returns (Matt. 24:12)? Hmmm, maybe He is returning soon!

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