2 Pet. 3:1-9 WILL JESUS REALLY
Intro: In 1942, General Douglas MacArther
was forced to leave the Philippines before the Japanese conquered the islands. As he left,
he gave the Filipino people this promise; "I will return!" Though many doubted
whether or not MacArther would be able to keep his promise, in the fall of 1944 he did
return. He returned in power and defeated the Japanese army, retaking the Philippines just
as he said he would. Many had doubted the great General, but he was true to his word.
2,000 years ago, a man named Jesus Christ
walked upon this earth. He was different from any man who ever lived before, or has lived
since. He was different because He was God in the flesh. He came to this world to live a
perfect life and to die a perfect death to make a sinful people perfect and to give them
eternal life. After He died and rose again, He returned to His Father. Before He left,
however, He made this great promise; "I will come again!" (John 14:3) Many
doubted the truth of His promise then and many doubt it today. Perhaps there are some
under the sound of my voice that do not believe that He will really come again. If there
is a doubt in your mind as to His return, then this is the message for you.
Peter had to deal with a doubting crowd.
In these verses, he handles their objections and provides genuine hope for all those that
believe Jesus will really come again.
Today, I want to ask, and answer this
question; "Will Jesus Really Come Again?" As I do, I want you to ask, and answer
this question for yourself; "Am I ready for that event?"
I. v. 3-4 HIS COMING IS DOUBTED
(In these verses, Peter sheds some light on
the nature of the doubters.)
A. v. 3 Their Character They are
called Scoffers "To mock, to ridicule, to make fun of." These people delight in making fun of the
Word of God. Every pronouncement of God is just fuel for another joke.
B. v. 3b Their Conduct These people
made light of Gods coming judgment,because
to acknowledge the truth of it would mean that they would have to change their lifestyles.
It has always played out this exact way (Ill. People in Noahs day
Matt. 24:38-39; People of Sodom Gen. 19:14. Ill. People in our day!) Men love their
sin too much to turn their lives over to the Lord. (Ill. If they could only see the truth
concerning the nature of their sin and their future!)
C. v. 4 Their Complaint They look
back over the few years of their memories and
conclude that He hasnt returned, therefore there is no reason to believe He will.
(Ill. Preachers from Paul on down have preached the nearness of His return. He hasnt
so does that mean we are all wrong? Society would answer "Yes!" but the Bible
says something far different.
II. v.5-7 HIS COMING IS DETERMINED
A. Peter reminds us that the critics are "willingly
ignorant." In other words, they refuse
to process some very important data. They have a very limited vision
and fail to remember that God, not them, is in control of the universe.
Since He is in control, He can break into time anytime He chooses and
can do as He pleases!
B. The critic also forgets that God is bound
by His Word, and that He will always do exactly
what He says Psa. 119:89; Matt. 5:18. (Ill. The return of Christ
hangs totally on the Word of God. It is the only witness we have! It
is the only one we need!)
C. Peter gives three instances when God has, and will,
stepped into time and changed the world.
(Note all three of these events are products of His Word.)
1. v. 5 The Formation Of The World
(Ill. Gen. 1:1ff "And God said
" used 9 times! Ill. Psa. 33:6-9; Heb. 11:3
2. v. 6 The Flood In Noahs Day
Gen. 6:6-7; 7:17 The scoffers in Noahs day
said it would never happen, but it did anyway! The Lord had spoken!
3. v. 7 The Fire That Is To Come a
day is coming when by His Word, Godwill destroy the world v. 10. The scoffers
laugh, but it will happen! (Ill. God already has the combustible materials in place.
a. Oxygen - Oxygen is required for all combustion.
It is what fire feeds on. Take away the oxygen and the fire dies, turn it on and the fire
flares. Yet, with every breath, we pull this highly explosive material into our bodies.
b. Nitrogen Nitrogen is the component that
makes dynamite, TNT and nitroglycerin explosive. Yet, every day we gulp massive quantities
of nitrogen in the air we breath. Cannot the same God who made these elements and combined
them in such a way that they do not explode, also change the mixture and cause them to
explode? Of course He can!
c. Table Salt - It is 1/3 Sodium. Sodium by itself
is a gray, putty like substance. It must be kept in kerosene or it will explode. If a drop
is placed in water, it will result in a violent fire. Yet, we eat it every day!
d. Water It is composed of Oxygen and
Hydrogen. Both extremely explosive, yet combined in a manner that makes them safe. All God
has to do is speak the Word and the chemical arrangement is altered and the world a huge
fuel dump. Yet, we drink this life giving substance every day.
e. The Atom When the atom
is split, a change reaction is set in motion that has he power to
level cities and vaporize men. Yet, we are all made up of atoms.
f. The Earth The earth has been compared to
a globular egg with a hard crust covering a semi-liquid center. In scale, the earths
crust is the same thickness of a eggs shell when compared to the vast sea of lava
under it. There have been times when this lava has burst forth and killed thousands. Yet,
we walk on this thin crust every day and trust in the safety of the earth.
g. God has everything in place to carry out His word as He
D. The return of Christ is a certain event. We have
Gods Word on it:
1. Jesus John 14:1-3; Rev. 22:20
2. Angels Acts 1:10-11
3. Paul 1 Thes. 4:16-18
4. John Rev. 1:7
E. The mockers, scoffers and other fools can have their
laugh, but God will keep His promise. Jesus is coming!
F. Peters whole point is this: Man willfully ignores
the truth so that he can continue to live in sin and mockery of Almighty God.
III. v.8-9 HIS COMING IS DELAYED
A. v. 8 A Reality To Consider
God doesnt view time as man does. God is totally
unaffected by time. By His accounting, Jesus has not even been gone
2 days yet. The world is only 6 days old. We must never time God by
our watch. He is rarely early, but He is never late!
B. v. 9a A Reminder To Consider
God is not dragging His feet. (Ill. Men are called
slackers when they dont operate on another mans schedule.)
However, God answers to no one! Ill. God is a God of order. If you dont
believe me, just look at the universe. It is a model of precision and
speaks of a precise, orderly God. He has a purpose in everything He
does, even in what men call a delay.
C. v. 9b A Reason To Consider Why
does God delay His return? He tarries to give
lost men an opportunity to make things right with Him. God doesnt want anyone to go
to Hell Matt. 25:41. This very reason is why:
1. He sent Jesus to die John 3:16
2. He calls men to Himself John 6:44
3. He tarries His coming and delays His judgment 1
4. The final decision, however, lays on your
shoulders. Ill. "Come" To make room
for. To come to Christ, you must be willing to make room for Jesus
by repenting of
you sins and receiving Him into your life. God had gone as far as
He will, now He waits for you to some to Him!
5. Gods delay is to give you the opportunity to
repent. Will you do it? He will not wait forever Ill. Gen. 6:3. He waited 120 years
then, but today is your day 2 Cor. 6:2!
Conc: It is a fact! Christ is coming! He
is returning for a people who are ready to meet Him. He delays His return today because He
loves you and doesnt want you to die lost. He tarries to give you an opportunity to
repent and to turn to Him. This is an offer based totally in His love. Are you ready you
The world can scoff and they can mock, but
when He comes, the bottom line is this: Will you be taken in the rapture, or will you be
found lost, judged and sentenced to Hell? God has already made His decision. He loves you
and has made a way for you to be saved. Now, you make your decision. What will it be,
Heaven or Hell? What will you do with Jesus?