These days many devout Christians are asking themselves why Jesus hasn’t returned after all this time to usher in his kingdom. He promised to come, and we have certainly prayed for his return.
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’” “Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!”
And still there is this bewildering delay.
As a Christian, I believe that the answers to these kinds of puzzling questions are often hidden in the Bible. Some things that happened in the past may have set a precedent for future events. An ancient scripture from the second book of the prophet Samuel may be a good example of this:
“Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and said to him, ‘We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, even when Saul was still our king, you led the people of Israel in battle, and the Lord promised you that you would lead his people and be their ruler.’ So all the leaders of Israel came to King David at Hebron. He made a sacred alliance with them, they anointed him, and he became king of Israel.” (2 Samuel 5, vs. 1-3)
David was already a powerful warlord when this event took place. He was king of the tribe of Judah. He had slain Goliath. The prophet Samuel had anointed him. He certainly could have conquered the rest of Israel and assumed control of the country, or simply installed himself as king and quashed any rebellion. But he chose instead to wait seven years until the leaders of the tribes of Israel came to him.
Here we are, thousands of years later, and we find ourselves wondering why Jesus, (the descendant of David) hasn’t returned, as he said he would, to rule the world.
I am speculating, of course. But I personally think he is waiting for the leaders of the nations of the world to come to him and ask him to be their ruler.
Waiting patiently certainly worked for David. He had the full cooperation of all the tribal leaders and all the people. Why should Jesus settle for anything less?
So how is Jesus going to get 220 heads of state, the leaders of the nations of today’s world, to come to him and ask him to be their ruler?
I believe the answer has always been to take his case directly to the people. Let them decide by a simple vote whether or not they want Jesus as their leader. They in turn will need to ask, or possibly insist, or most probably compel their leaders to seek out Jesus and ask him to govern the nations.
Getting his case to the people may prove to be a daunting task due to several disturbing statistics:
1. As many as 67% of the world’s population has never even heard the name of Jesus, or has scant knowledge of him. These are called the “unreached people groups”.
2. As much as 99% of the church’s mission budget goes for work among the already evangelized.
3. Christians make up 33% of the world’s population, receive 53% of the world’s annual income, and spend 98% of it on themselves.
4. Christian organizations spend $8 billion a year on conferences.
Obviously some changes will have to be made.
A bit of good news: The Gospel (Jesus’ campaign brochure) has been translated into the languages of 94% of the world’s population.
The process I envision could in some ways be considered a political campaign with the objective of getting Jesus elected Governor of the World. (Or whatever you might want to call Him.)
I should point out that the goal is not to make religious converts, in the normal sense of the word. Not that that’s a bad thing. But the main concern is to get his campaign literature into the hands of normal intelligent people the world over so that they can decide for themselves whether or not to vote for Jesus, based on his public record.
I feel we have a good candidate. He scores well on all of the key political performance indicators:
He possesses the attributes we are looking for:
Is he still alive? Yes he is. Does he want to govern us? Yes he does, and the sooner, the better, in my opinion.
Lot’s of people have tried to predict when Jesus will return, and so far they have all been wrong. I would like to take a crack at it, tongue in cheek of course:
- Take the perfect number 3.
- Multiply it by the perfect number 7.
- Add that to 2017, the launch date of this blog.
That brings us to the year 2038.
That is the date of the so-called “Year 2038 Problem”, also known as clockapocalypse, when time will end for 32-bit computers on January 19th of that year. During the ensuing chaos, I predict Jesus will calmly step in and put things right.
That gives us twenty years to finish the job he gave us to do: to spread his gospel over the entire earth. I think we can do it!
That’s why I named my website “Let’s Get This Done!”