“Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Jesus has not returned in the last 1986 years. That’s a long time. Many will look at this (at least from our perspective) “delay” as evidence that He’s not really coming back. In fact, it’s possible He never came in the first place. It seems like everything is always the way it is now, because none of us have anything to compare life to. This is how people take their situation for granted. This is how we end up with college students attending colleges that cost 6-figures thinking they are somehow “oppressed.” Time travel to the Roman coliseum under Nero and we’d realize we are not oppressed. In the same way, we are fooled into thinking people are basically good, because we’ve only ever been raised within a western culture which is a direct expression of the judeo-christian worldview. This is expressed every time someone says of a third world muslim nation “they’re just like us, they want a better life for their children…” No, we’ve simply lost perspective. Life before Jesus was different. Before the Holy Spirit permanently indwelt His people, the world was a much darker place. Imagine no one to convict the world of sin. It was like that. God did break into history, He is working within history now, and He will break-in again. Count on it… in His time, He will. Don’t give up. Be of good courage. Trust Him.