Do you ever pray, “Come, Lord Jesus”? Do you direct these words to heaven on those days when you think you can’t take any more of the burden of your sinful heart and the sinful world that surrounds it? If you do, do you ever fight the temptation to wonder if Jesus will ever come back? I mean, it’s been almost 2000 years since he rose from death and ascended into heaven, so it’s likely that we’ve all struggled with doubt to some degree.
I was reminded this weekend, however, that we have an advantage which believing Jews went without in the Old Testament. Consider this, the first prophecy to foretell Jesus’ coming is found just three chapters into Genesis and it’s given by God himself:
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.
Speaking to Satan, God reveals that the offspring of the woman (Jesus) will bruise Satan’s head (defeat him). How many years existed between when this prophecy was uttered and when Jesus actually came to earth? We can’t be precise on the number, but we can say with confidence that it was thousands…and definitely more than two thousand. Yet, God kept his word and so we read in Colossians 2:15 that God “disarmed the rulers and authorities (demonic rulers and authorities) and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him (that is, Jesus, the offspring of the woman).”
In his perfect timing, God sent Jesus the first time in order that he would give his life as a ransom for sinners. After thousands of years, God did what he said he was going to do. I’m sure you can imagine what the impatience of faithful Jews must have been like, having moments of doubt and unbelief that the Messiah would ever come. But we have the advantage of possessing the entire canon of Scripture and we know that Jesus did come. So, when your heart dips into doubt, let Jesus’ first coming strengthen your belief in his second coming. He who is faithful has shown that time is no threat to his plan.