“Are We There Yet?”

February 9, 2020

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Summary

Anyone who has gone on a trip with children or grandchildren has heard the question asked, “Are we there yet?” Over time, that question can become increasingly annoying. Since the time Jesus ascended, Christians have been pondering His return similarly, “Are we there yet?” The sad thing is that impatience often gives way to vain speculations. Despite all the dissection of verses with varied and disputable interpretations, Jesus’ words in Mark 13:32 must take center stage with any second advent discussions: “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (ESV) It’s clear from Scripture that we’ve been in the end time epoch for a couple thousand years. We should all rejoice that each generation of believers since Christ can look with loving expectancy for His return, after all, He promised it. In the meantime, we certainly know that the Great Commandment and Great Commission remain our written orders. The late J.C. Ryle perhaps sums it up best: “Live as if you thought that Christ might come at any time. Do everything, as if you did it for the last time. Say everything, as if you said it for the last time. Read every chapter in the Bible, as if you did not know whether you would be allowed to read it again.” Are we there yet? Not yet. But stay tuned and stay true…

Bible References

  • Mark 13:32 - 32
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16 - 18
  • 2 Peter 3:8 - 9
  • Psalm 90:4 - 4
  • 1 Peter 4:7 - 11

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