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Should Jesus Tarry?

Should Jesus Tarry

When discussing the question of whether Jesus will tarry, it’s important to understand that “tarry” means to delay or wait. In Christian theology, this is often connected to discussions about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Here’s a detailed explanation using biblical references and teachings:

Biblical References

  1. Matthew 24:36 – “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” This verse emphasizes that the exact time of Jesus’ return is unknown and unpredictable, highlighting the sovereignty and omniscience of God the Father over all creation, including the timing of the Second Coming.
  2. Acts 1:7 – “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” Similar to Matthew 24:36, this passage reminds believers that knowledge of the timing of the end times is under God’s authority alone, not disclosed to humans or even to Jesus during His earthly ministry.
  3. 2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” This verse provides a reason for what might seem like a delay in Jesus’ return—God’s patience and desire for as many people as possible to come to repentance.

Relevant Example

Historically, the early Christians believed in the imminent return of Christ. This expectation influenced their lifestyle, urging them to live morally and to spread the Gospel actively. Over time, as the expected return did not occur immediately, theological interpretations expanded to see this “delay” as part of God’s providential plan, allowing more time for evangelism and for believers to grow in faith.

Three Main Takeaways

  1. God’s Timing Is Perfect – The timing of Jesus’ return, whether seen as delayed or not, is perfect according to the divine wisdom and sovereignty of God. This encourages believers to trust in God’s overall plan and timing.
  2. Call to Active Waiting – Believers are called to live in a state of active waiting, engaging in the world as faithful stewards of the Gospel and living lives that reflect their faith in every action.
  3. Opportunity for Repentance – The perceived delay in Jesus’ return is an opportunity for more people to hear the Gospel and turn to God, highlighting God’s mercy and patience.

These insights offer a comprehensive understanding from a theological perspective, encouraging a faithful and active waiting for Jesus’ return.


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