As a child of the 70’s, I believed that the year 2000 was fictional. I was convinced it was a year that belonged in a sci-fi movie and it was scary thinking of living in “The Space Age.” I remember hearing church people say that Jesus would come back before 2000 so we really didn’t have to worry about it – we’d all be gone.
Millions of Christians evaporated from the earth and the movie depicted life thereafter. Multitudes of disasters occurred as cars and planes, buses and trains were suddenly unmanned. Something far worse than the Holocaust took place in that film and it left me with a stark fear—so I put it out of my mind.
Well, here we are: January 1, 2013. Millions didn’t get “beamed up” into the sky. The world didn’t end on 12/21/12 as the Mayan calendar appeared to predict. Likewise, Y2K didn’t bring global chaos and the Fiscal Cliff doesn’t seem so scary now, either. I guess we can all assume the world won’t end any time soon, right?
But what about the Bible’s account of Christ’s return? Is that a myth as many proclaim? Tragically, even Christians have been lulled into the assumption that a biblical end of the world is not probable — at least any time soon.
Assumption is a risky pill to swallow in an attempt to calm such future fears. We all fear the future in one way or another. We can’t see it, we can’t touch it, and we can’t control it. So, what do we do with it?
Generations have wrestled with this looming question. It seems that everyone, regardless of race or creed, wonders when the world will end, what it will be like—or if it will occur at all.
But, we can think about that later, right? After all, 2013 is no different than 2012 or 2000, right?
How interesting, then, that between A.D. 64 and 66 the Apostle Peter wrote, “They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
Peter knew many of his readers feared the future and so he added, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:4,9 NTL)
I’m well past my fear of the future and this is why: I accepted Jesus’ claims and exchanged my assumptions for His assurance. I truly feel that to assume Christ is not coming back soon, or ever, can anesthetize for the moment—for if the Bible is wrong, then it’s just another book on the shelf. But if it is right, and Christ comes back like a thief in the night to claim His own—then those who ignored His message and thought it was all just a good sci-fi story will be left behind with a fearful future.
Need a worthy New Year’s resolution? Resolve to examine the claims of Christ in the Holy Bible now before TODAY is the future.