Here is a simple Bible fact – Jesus is coming back.
Now I know many people use these verses in a negative sense – in other words, ‘get your life right, Jesus could be back any second!’. A message of impending judgement and a call to action – and they have a point. Jesus is coming back. That means there should be a response from us.
But, if you focus only on judgement, you miss the other side of the message, the message of hope. You miss the message of encouragement buried not very deep in these verses.
I don’t know about you, but for me any most people I know this world is not perfect. There are plenty of things we would like to see changed. There are plenty of things that frustrate us, make us angry, sad, or a whole range of possibly negative emotions. For many people, there is little or no hope left, because the world is a harsh place, full of sin and wrong.
But let me tell you, this is a message of hope. Jesus is coming back – and He is going to set everything right. There is a purpose for us all being here now – whether that is just one of waiting until the work is done, or learning, or growing, or using our skills and abilities to further His kingdom. But no matter why you are here – and no matter how good or bad your day is, Jesus is coming back and is going to set the world right.
2 Peter 3:1–4, 3:8–10 (NIV)
Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
Can you see it? There are lots of people living their lives now, as if there is nothing to look forward to. There are those that claim ‘life will go on forever’. There are those that live as if there are no consequences to how they live, but take advantage of any and everyone around them. But in the end, Jesus is coming back – and he will set everything right.
So have hope. Have faith in God, that He will do what He said. We don’t find this just once in the Bible – but many, many times. From the old testament, to Jesus own words, to letters from the apostles – Jesus is coming back. Don’t doubt it, don’t lose hope, but have faith – God will set the world right.