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My Answer: Just when will Jesus return, anyway?

April 05, 2013|By Billy Graham

Q: If Jesus is going to return some day and make the world a better place, why doesn't he go ahead and do it? The world is so messed up that I can't understand why he doesn't return now. — F.R.H.

A: One of the Bible's 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.

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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 Christ's 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? Don't 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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Q: We prayed and prayed for my mother's cancer to be healed, and we really believed God was going to do it (as did she, for she had a strong faith). But he didn't, and we're devastated. Was it because we didn't have enough faith? — Mrs. A.J.

A: Don't blame yourself for what happened. Your mother didn't suffer and die because you didn't have enough faith. Instead, God graciously took her to her heavenly home — and that should give you great joy, in spite of your grief.

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