The idea of Jesus delaying His return to Earth is uncomfortable because we associate delay with either reluctance or inability. How can a loving omnipotent Jesus be reluctant to save His people or be unable to? Could there be another reason?

Jesus wants to save as many people as possible. He isn’t waiting around a prophetic corner just so He can see how many He can catch unawares; Christ is not in the business of excluding people. If any reluctance is involved in his delay, it is His reluctance to leave any unsaved. If any inability is involved, it is His inability to remain aloof to the plight of floundering humanity. God is neither hostile to us nor a dispassionate cosmic force, He is a loving Father with inestimable longing for His children.

Too many people sitting in a church pew next to you are exasperated by the delay because they have an escapist attitude. Like a group of mercenaries huddling in a bush, they are waiting for extraction from this war zone of a planet. This is a case of “my Jesus and not yours.” Unable to look beyond their troubles and desires, they just want Jesus to come now! Unwilling to step outside their comfort zones, they choose to turn the church into an incestuous huddle; an enclave of those lucky enough to be saved.

If we the church, claim to have hearts fused with Christ’s, should we not share in His longing for the lost? Should “Jesus is coming back for me,” not become, “Jesus is coming back for us?” If we shared just a smidgeon of this longing, the incestuous huddles would fall in the face of churches too full of heaven to not share it. Heaven belongs to those so filled with it that it overflows and spreads to all around.
The choice lies with you… Will you sit around wondering if God is reluctant or unable or will you share in His longing for His children?

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