DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: If Jesus is going to return some day and make the world a better place, why doesnt he go ahead and do it? The world is so messed up that I can't understand why he doesnt return now. F.H.
By BILLY GRAHAM
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DEAR F.H.: One of the Bibles greatest promises is that one day Jesus Christ will return and when he does, all the evil we see around us will be destroyed, and he will rule the world in perfect justice and peace. The Bible says, In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).
We can barely imagine what that new world will be like, but you can be sure it will be far more glorious than anything this world offers us right now. Diplomats negotiate peace treaties only to see them broken. Humanitarian organizations try to meet the needs of those who suffer only to be overwhelmed by new disasters or evil rulers. On a personal level, we seek security and happiness only to have our hopes dashed by circumstances beyond our control.
But all that will be changed when Christ comes again. Evildoers will be judged; injustices will be made right; wars and conflicts will cease. The Bible says, Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8).
Why, then, is Christs coming delayed? One reason, the Bible says, is because God wants to give as many people as possible an opportunity to repent and believe (see 2 Peter 3:9). Have you made your commitment to Christ? Dont delay, but put your faith and trust in him, and then make it your goal to live for him every day.
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