“Looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 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.”– 2 Peter 3:12-14.
There are people who question whether Jesus was born on or about December 25. Whether our Lord and Savior was born on the 25th is irrelevant. That He actually came from eternity into time and space is what really matters. We needed a real Savior, not a metaphor, myth, fable or great story.
Any other king would’ve come with pomp, circumstance and great fanfare, accompanied by a royal entourage. But not the King of Kings. “There was no place for them in the inn” wasn’t an affront to Him. Jesus defied conventions because He was Lord over them. But through it all, He had a single focus. From the cradle of His birth, to the cross of His death, to the crown of His resurrection, Christ came to be our Savior. And He is coming again.
For the Christian, Christ’s return is not something to be confused by or frightened of, it is something to be excited about. 2 Peter 3 confirms that Christ’s return is a very good thing. In verses 12-14, Peter uses the words “look forward” several times. And why not. Jesus will be back. This day will be all about Him. This will be the day, as Philippians 2 10-11 says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Titus 2:13 adds “while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.” The day when everybody recognizes Jesus as He deserves to be recognized: as the rightful king and creator and owner of the universe. And everything will be made perfect.
We will soon start another year. While only God knows when Jesus will return, we have specific instruction for what we are to do while we wait. We are called to live “godly” lives…lives devoted to pleasing God out of our love for Him. We are to love God with all our mind, heart and soul. Every area of our life is focused on seeing the world through His eyes and loving out of the overflow of His heart. My prayer is that realizing Christ is returning should make us stay focused on what is truly important in this life and not get sidetracked by “things” that won’t go with us into eternity.
- What will happen when Jesus returns? How do you think the world will respond to this event?
- Read Titus 2:12-13: What do you think it means to be “watching” for Christ’s return?
- How should our lives be impacted by the knowledge that Jesus could return at any moment?