Sadly, after the death of Christ, the apostles returned to their normal way of living. Providentially, their faith was rekindled once again after Christ resurrected on the third day. The apostles, finally, knew that Jesus is the Messiah, the Lord, the Redeemer, and the One who had inaugurated the New Covenant. After having time with the apostles, Christ ascended to heaven while telling them to wait for His return.
It is in this promise that the apostles eagerly waited for Christ’s return. The zeal to proclaim the gospel and to reach all the nations came from the understanding that Christ is coming back. Likewise, the church was established in Christ’s Name because of this hope. This hope extends to Christ’s kingdom as already visible through His body—the church—and by the Spirit’s application of Christ’s ministry. Yet, the church waits for the completion of all things.
Therefore, like the apostles and the early church, Christians are called to eagerly wait for Christ’s return—our ultimate hope—while urged to eagerly proclaim the gospel to all nations. Wayne Grudem explained that to “be eager” is to “be ready.” He said, “To ‘be ready’ for Christ’s return (Matt. 24:44) is to be faithfully obeying him in the present, actively engaged in whatever work he has called us to.”
For my personal note, I just finished watching ep. 170 of Black Clover (supposedly last week but I’ve been busy with a lot of stuff). To this, I can conclude that I am excited for more, eagerly waiting if I may. I hope this eagerness and excitement in waiting for more seasons will surpass the excitement I have in facing Christ face-to-face. I long for His return, the completion of the Kingdom of God, the consummation and restoration of His creation, and being with Him reigning forever and ever–all in and through Christ’s finished work. (1 Cor. 13:12; Rev. 22:3-4; Matt. 5:8)
As James Nisbet noted, “The vision of God’s face will make the service full of joy and strength and spirit, and banish all feeling of toil and drudgery and discontent.”
Indeed, eagerly waiting. Soli Deo Gloria!
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