Waiting for the Son
1 Thessalonians 1:10 (ESV) -- and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
Waiting is hard to do. We live in a very impatient culture. We want instant gratification and instant results. The first day of our diet should result in looser pants. Our first time lifting weights should produce some increased muscle mass. Sometimes our Amazon orders come on the same day we order them, and we wonder what the holdup is when they don’t.
One thing Christians are waiting on, and it is the most important thing in the universe, is the return of Christ. The Second Coming of Jesus is the great promise left for God to fulfill. Our passage today shows us this truth. Paul writes to the church, “and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”
There is so much in this passage, but I want to focus on the “wait for his Son from heaven.” This was, and is, the Christian hope and expectation. Jesus is coming to the earth again. In the same way that He left, He will come again. The return of Christ will mark the end of all things as we know them. The Great Judgment will follow His return. The dead will rise from their tombs. Christ will sentence people to eternal life in Heaven or Hell. The New Heavens and New Earth will come. All things will be made new. Our bodies will be transformed to never get sick, sin, or die again. Family reunions will ensue. Life forever with God will be the Christian’s inheritance.
We should long for these things. This is every Christian’s long expected hope. As Paul says, “we wait.” We wait for Jesus the Son of God to come from Heaven. And His coming in glory will put enemies and scoffers to shame. Long for the day, believer. Pray for God to hasten in. Live with confident hope that He who promises always keeps His promises.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why should the return of Jesus be more prominent in Christian discussion?
- Why do you think it rarely gets discussed?
- What are some practical helps that the return of Jesus offers to our everyday lives?
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