You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." (Luke 12:40 NRSV)

One of the greatest mysteries of the Christian faith is that of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (known as the Parousia in theological circles). The spectrum of belief is very wide in the Christian family on this subject. Some folks are firm believers of a kind of crude dogmatism while others exhibit an outright rejection of this doctrine. From the preachers and scholars that I have read and respect, and from my personal nurture in the Church, I have never doubted that Jesus Christ taught and talked a great deal about this subject. I have always seen it as the fulfilling of the great salvation work God began in Jesus Christ. It has always been a sign of hope, not doom, for me. The Second Coming of Christ is not an appendage to our faith story, but the culmination of it.

However, I can affirm with other committed and devout Christians who on their faith journey have at times had questions about God's timing of this great conclusion of our salvation story. Perhaps the most insightful thing I can share with you is if you want to understand the story and the promise of the Second Coming you should develop a personal relationship with the Storyteller and Promise-maker Jesus Christ.

Dear God, help me to seek a closer relationship with you everyday, and not just when I'm in trouble. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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