2 Thessalonians 2:1
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,
2 Thessalonians 2:2
not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter —asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.
Paul writes to the church about the second coming of Jesus. The second coming of Jesus is the greatest event that is coming ahead of us. When Jesus comes back it will mark the end of this world as we know it and usher in a new world.
When Jesus comes back humanity will be divided into two whether dead or alive. Those are bound for eternal life and those who are bound for eternal punishment in fires of hell. Therefore the second coming of Jesus caresses anxiety. Some are anxious for a better life. Some are anxious about being caught unrepentant as they pursue their career of hypocrisy.
When Jesus comes the dead will resurrect to have either eternal life eternal damnation. When Jesus comes the final justice will be meted out with punishment and rewards. The coming of Jesus will also expose the fake believers from those who are true. It is a momentous event to look forward to.
For this reason, the coming of Jesus makes the sinners unsettled and the undecided believers to panic. When we say it’s soon, it’s not welcome news to all. However, for a believer who is faithful, the coming of Jesus is the best news ever and is always welcome.
Unfortunately, some people misread the Bible and equate the second coming of Jesus with death. Telling them that Jesus is coming to take us home is as good as telling them that we are going to die. For such a misled lot, the second coming of Jesus is terrible news that is not welcome.
1 Thessalonians 4:15
According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
Jesus will come back and find others alive others dead. Not everyone will die. Therefore, to equate the coming of Jesus is not biblical, it’s actually demonic. The second coming of Jesus is a good thing. It is a blessed hope. It is the end of suffering and poverty. It is the end of injustice. It is the beginning of a deathless world. The ushering in of a painless universe. The second coming of Jesus is the best thing ever.
Some people eager for attention to address their attention deficit, create untrue stories about the return of Jesus. They aim to alarm people and cause panic. They invent conspiracy theories and see things in events and make interpretations that are at best lunatic. It is because of such people that Paul wrote our passage today.
Do not be easily unsettled. Do not be easily alarmed by teachings and preachings about the end of the world. The aim of most of these so-called end-time prophecies is to unsettle and alarm. The inspired word speaks to us today – do not be unsettled and do not be alarmed.
If the nearness of the coming of Jesus is presented in a manner to unsettle and alarm, reject the message and the messenger, they are not of God. The second coming of Jesus should be presented as good news and not unsettling and alarming news.
Our focus is on the hope of Jesus coming back and a better world. Our focus is not on who champions environment conservation and the meaning of the USA President visiting the Vatican. That is not our focus. Our focus is that after all these we are going home. A home without Covid-19. A home without death. The coming home is calming and soothing. The focus on events and potential persecution is unsettling and alarming. Focus on what God has prepared for us.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
Do not let your hearts be troubled by the burning of schools, wars, death, geopolitical activities, etc. Just believe in God and also in Jesus. Do not let your heart be troubled by who started which disease and who wants to clear people from the earth. Do not let your heart be troubled by which president visited which religious leader. Do not be unsettled and alarmed. Our only focus is readiness. Are you ready?
Dear God, make us love the coming of Jesus, make us excited and hopeful about it, protect us from attention deficit elements who think you have assigned them to design the end-time message in an unsettling and alarming manner. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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