25th September 2014

Are We There Yet?

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15 (NIV) 

So, there I was – stuck in the early morning traffic queue. Road works had made the commute very slow and frustrating. I could see the first “countdown” sign for the next junction and I pondered whether walking the remaining distance would be faster than driving it. I knew that I would eventually arrive at the junction, but it did feel like it would take forever!

My mind drifted to another event that I often wonder about: the return of Jesus Christ. How long away is our Lord’s second advent? Doesn’t it sometimes feel as if we are crawling towards that time when Jesus is seen by the whole world? Why doesn’t God speed things up and usher in the peace and joy that we all look forward to?

Yet, my map of life tells me not to fret. We are all still approaching our desired destination, even if it feels as if it is taking forever. The Bible includes these encouraging words:

“‘Look, he is coming with the clouds,’
and ‘every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him’;
and all peoples on earth ‘will mourn because of him.’
So shall it be! Amen.”
(Revelation 1:7)

When I was young, my parents would take my brothers and me on a long (and sometimes very slow!) trip to our holiday in North Wales. I can’t actually remember saying this, but just like all children, I must have uttered that wonderful question: “Are we there yet?” Today, I find that I still ask this of our Lord. There I am in the back of the car of life, wondering why the driver is taking so long to get to journey’s end. And then Jesus responds: “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done”. (Revelation 22:12).

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20)

Prayer
Father, fill us with the peace and assurance that, yes, your Son will return – at just the right time, as already planned. We desire for Jesus to be seen by all of the world and how we yearn for his return!  Give us the peace and knowledge that you are in control, acting through the Son in the world today.
Amen

Study by Ian Woodley

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ianwoodleyAbout the Author:
Ian Woodley pastors the Nottingham Grace Communion Church, that meets at 2pm Saturday, as below.  Ian also facilitates a monthly Bible Study in Lincoln, which generally meets on a Saturday at 1:30pm.  They welcome visitors to join them—for more details contact Ian Woodley as below.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane
Beeston
NOTTINGHAM
NG9 5HZ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email:  icgwoodley@gmail.com

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