This is a promise that He made (John 14:1-6); one that the angels made at the Ascension (Acts 1:11). This glorious promise is made throughout the Epistles (I Thes. 4:13-18). Do we know when this will happen? NO! But that does not hinder us from looking for His coming with sweet anticipation.
While we are looking and waiting, we must be found working for the Lord. Paul gives us a wonderful motivation for all this righteous living–Believers are waiting for a hope that is already a certainty; the second coming of Jesus Christ. We can look forward to Christ’s return with eager expectation and hope.
“Blessed Hope” Paul brings out 2 aspects of Christian living that must be stressed today:
(1) Waiting with anticipation and
(2) hoping for Christ’s glorious appearing. The waiting is good for us: it builds character, endurance and perseverance. The hoping makes the waiting bearable.
C. S. Lewis wrote: ‘It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have been ineffective in this. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and your will get neither.”
Jesus is the only hope this world has. The world has many anchors, but Jesus is the only one that holds. Will your anchor hold? Are you loving for and longing for His return (2 Timothy 4:6-8)? Live your life in expectation of the return of the Lord Jesus!