“I call all times soon.” So says Aslan, the great Lion, of C.S. Lewis’ creation in the Chronicles of Narnia. Aslan calls all time soon because to him all events happen in their perfect time. There is no restlessness and no uncertainty about the future, only calm assurance in the rightness of his actions and the perfect fulfillment of his purposes.
So it is with our Lord Jesus Christ. Soon and very soon, he will return to earth for his bride. In our desperation and time-bound existence, we alternate between forgetting the immanence of his arrival and wondering why he delays so long. Yet I believe that in our country the greater danger is that we neglect to consider the “soonness” of his coming. Very shortly Jesus will return, in terms of eternity. Even if he delays past our lifetimes, they are, after all, like the days of grass, which the wind passes over and it is gone. Our lives are like a mist, says the Preacher of Ecclesiastes, quickly appearing and quickly vanishing from the earth. The worries, cares, dreams, hopes, mistakes, regrets that are attached to this brief pilgrimage will swiftly fade before the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eternity will never exhaust the permanent and limitless brilliance of his glory. Let us fix our gaze of faith on him.
Eternity rushes toward us. Let us not be consumed with the mists of temporary pleasures.
Come soon, Lord Jesus.