A few years ago, my company launched the Be-A-Star program. In short, the overall objective was to get the employees involved with the community as well as one another. Our department chose to celebrate Arbor Day and, as a program incentive, the leadership committee handed out seed packets with no additional details. The idea was to go home, plant your seeds and await a unique discovery.
I gotta tell ya, I wasn’t a huge fan of this enterprise. I went home, planted my seeds, watered them and patiently waited to see what all the fuss was about. The waiting process seemed like forever! Eventually, I forgot about those little seedlings and moved onto bigger things. I was so unfocused on the Arbor Day plant that I had no idea what was going on with it for months. To be honest, I never noticed a single thing about it until a stalk sprouted up and grew fragrant leaves.
Matthew 13 speaks of how the Kingdom of God is like a seed planted in the ground:
31-32 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.”
The first time that Jesus came into the world, it was kind of under the radar. He walked with men who did not know Him. He spoke with women who did not recognize Him. For the majority of the population, most people had no idea what was going on until years and years later. The first time, He came so that we would believe evidence He placed before us.
The next time will be much different. Jesus will not come back to gain believers or prove His holiness, no, that question has already been handled. He will not come in poorness so that people could mistake His authority for insignificance. When Christ returns it will be monumental, powerful and obvious to all. There will be no question about His holiness.
As Chris Tiegreen says: His return will not be a process, it will be an instant.