Why is Jesus’ return delayed?


But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.—2 Peter 3:8-9 ESV

In a sermon, “Why Doesn’t Christ Return?” Steven Cole says,

  1. Christ’s return seems delayed because God’s perspective on time is radically different than our perspective (3:8).
  2. Christ’s return is delayed because the Lord is patient, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance (3:9).
  • If the Lord has promised something, it will happen in His ordained time, not on our schedule.
  • God’s seeming delay in Christ’s return in judgment is not due to indifference or inability, but rather to His patience and compassion for sinners.
  • If God desires all to come to repentance, we must preach the gospel of repentance to all.

We’re all going to stand before God to give an account. Don’t let the delay in the recall lull you into thinking that it won’t happen. It only seems delayed because God’s perspective of time is radically different than our perspective. And, because of His patience, He waits for all to come to repentance. But, as Peter goes on to say, “The day of the Lord will come like a thief….” Don’t be caught off guard. Repent of your sins and come to Christ while you may.

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