By Pastor Rod Lafee
Some of you may remember a full-page ad had been taken out proclaiming Jesus has returned. As I recall this was in the 1980’s time frame. He was wrong. Since then many have attempted to predict the date of Christ’s return and they have been all wrong. For those who have studied prophecy we all know there are certain events that must take place prior to Christ’s return to the earth. Now days though, we are hearing of people telling us this is just another story out of the Bible. The Apostle Peter in his second letter tells us this; 2 Peter 3:3-4 “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying “ Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”” Peter later in verse 9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Jesus tells us in Mark 13:32-33: “But of the day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” Peter in verse 10 says “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night,..” Matthew 24:44 says “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” This week is an example of how we can come distracted. My wife leaves for work, and it was dark, only after a couple of miles down the road the car has electrical problems and she losses all the lights and the car dies. Now this was a morning of heavy fog so now she has a car in the road dead and a chance of someone not seeing it and causing an accident. As she gets out of the car and opens the door, the electrical system starts to work again. She called me and I tell her to go back home, get the neighbor to bring you over to the other car and take it to work. I would find a way home later. She is able to make it back home and with the help of the neighbor gets the other car. She heads to work. I get home to fix the car and receive a call from my daughter. Mom was not able to get ahold of me and called her instead. While in the second car going to work, a duck flew out of the fog and hit the windshield so hard it shattered the windshield. Thankfully the duck did not go through the windshield otherwise it would have hit her in the face. I get one car fixed and drive over and trade for the other car. It was hard enough driving it home in the daylight, let alone image her trying to drive it home in the dark. In the book of Job we learn Job losses all his children, his livestock and comes down with great sores all over his body, and yet he says this Job 19: 25-27 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” He did not question God’s promise of Christ returning someday and neither should we. Life can have many disappointments and incidents in it that can cause us to question God’s promises. Peter ends his letter by saying this, “You therefore beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” Someday Jesus Christ is returning, will you be so busy with the problems of your life, you will forget to look up?