The predictions were made. Many thought it would happen but the world didn't end this past year. We are now just hours away from 2012 and I for one am very excited.
The one thing I am looking forward to the most in 2012 is the opportunity to see many more people come to faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. That, my friends, is the biggest reason why the world didn’t end in 2011. The truth is that Jesus is going to return someday (the Bible is clear that we cannot predict exactly the time). But why hasn’t He done so yet? Why didn’t He do so last year? The Bible gives the answer to that question:
“The Lord is not slow about His promise (to return), as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Why hasn’t Jesus come back yet? Why hasn’t the world ended yet? It’s not because God is late. He’s never late. It is because He is patient. It is because He is loving. You see, God loves you so much that He doesn’t want you to perish apart from Him. Instead, He wants you to enter into a relationship with Him through faith in the death and resurrection of Christ for your sins. That’s the message of the most popular verse in the entire Bible:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
That is why I am so excited about 2012. God in His patience and in His love is giving more time to communicate the greatest message in the world to the entire world…the message that says you can know for sure that you are going to heaven through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Happy New Year!