A former Bible college student didn’t believe in the imminent return of Christ. He believed our college faculty was just trying to scare people by saying the Lord could return at any moment. This young man was dead-wrong, and someday Christ will personally prove it to him.

Today’s Scripture reading refers to things which “must shortly come to pass”. This connotes certainty and urgency. Skeptics point to the 2,000 years which have passed since these words were written as an excuse to doubt the Word of God. I do not know why our Savior has seen fit to tarry, but His delay makes me evermore certain His Word is true. 2 Peter 3:9 explains why: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise . . . but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Had Jesus come any sooner, I might never have the opportunity to trust Him as my Savior and receive eternal salvation. Frankly, I’m glad He waited for me. It’s possible even now the Lord delays His coming just so you, or someone you know, can trust in His death, shed blood, burial, and resurrection. If you are unsure where you would spend eternity, I encourage you to accept Christ’s free gift today—but do it quickly, for the day of His return draweth nigh.

Everyone needs to be saved, however great, however illustrious. We are all sinners. We are all born in sin. — M. Lloyd-Jones

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.