“All, so far, is but preliminary. It is twilight only. High noon has not yet arrived; but it is twilight, and noon must come. What the Advent has wrought it will still work. That which it has accomplished in the face of opposition it will accomplish. That which has dissolved the vested and established evil proves to my heart the certainty of the ultimate victory.”– G. Campbell Morgan, The Purpose of the Advent
Living over 2,000 years since the events of the New Testament, i often look around and wonder, “where are you, Jesus?”. The destruction, the chaos, the poverty, my own sin, the increasing darkness of the day is simply discouraging. It can tend to rob Christians, like me, of their courage in Christ. But what He started 2,000+ years ago, He must finish. I must be reminded, daily, that the darkness is being lifted. The good news of Christ is penetrating the hearts of mankind everywhere, is dispelling darkness in my own life. The Kingdom is never regressing, it is always progressing and has been since the first Advent and will culminate at the second. There are some who abandon the hope because He is so seemingly late in coming, but when i try to look away, He draws me back, and i can only say with Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God,” (John 6:68-69). Shall i turn to despair? To utter unbelief? Christians surely, “groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience,” (Romans 8:23-25). Indeed, Christ has not truly left us, for He said, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age,” (Matthew 28:20). Certainly that is the power and motivation to continue to fight hard our sin, to continue to hope in His return, to continue to pursue holiness with all the strength He provides us. The first Advent and His death and ressurection began the spread of His Kingdom, infiltrating the surrounding areas of Jerusalem, then Judea, then the uttermost parts of the world like a drop of dye in a pool of water. One day the clouds will open, and He will appear, covering the earth in His glorious Kingdom.