Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us – whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter – asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 (NIV).
Scoffers and skeptics: they were old news even in Paul’s time.
My Concordia says that the primary theme of 2 Thessalonians is the second coming of Jesus. It was written to people who knew first-hand, may have even seen, the first coming of Jesus (including Him after He was resurrected). They intimately knew about the miracle of Him. Quite understandably, they thought He would be coming back in the near-term, in their lifetimes. How shocked do you think they would be to learn that it has been over 2000 years since?
You couldn’t blame them if there were some people who scoffed at the notion that Jesus would return from death. After all, nobody (but Him) ever said they would and had. The claims Paul and the other disciples were making about Jesus’ coming return were fantastic and illogical (and that’s no small matter given the widespread Greek culture of revering logic and knowledge). Jesus’ first century resurrection had rocked the religious, political, social and even economic world in ways nothing else had throughout all of history. Yet the farther they, and we, get from Easter Sunday, the more our world seems to give credence to the scoffers who say it can never happen again. Many of them say, in fact, the first time never happened.
It makes no sense. When you’re dead, you’re dead. It’s physically impossible. You’re simply believing a fable. Get a grip already. A rotted, decomposed body can’t live again. Fool. Would you hear those words today (or do you)? Admit it: you would have heard them in the AD 30s and after as well.
News flash, scoffers: the Bible hasn’t been disproved. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most thoroughly documented even in all of antiquity. Science and faith are seemingly mutually exclusive, but while science routinely disproves itself, faith in Jesus (and the veracity of the Scriptures) are consistent. They are supported by themselves and by faith in them. What’s more, archaeology and proven history support more than deny the account of the life of Jesus. His words were and are reliable. Knowing that, is it unreliable to think they’re true about everything, including his return? You know the answer.
Jesus came back once. He promised to do so again. His Word is reliable and honest. When the scoffers come, let them say what they will. It’s only hot air and it’s nothing new. They were trying to discredit Paul 2000 years ago and their modus operandi hasn’t changed since.
For further reading: Mark 13:27, 1 Corinthians 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3
Come Lord Jesus quickly.