“I want Jesus to return.”
I heard this phrase and sentiment voiced in sermons, songs, and sales pitches at the recent General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. This desire is at the core of Adventism; it’s right there in the name.
I also want Jesus to return. But why? What does this mean to me? I pondered this after hearing the slogan at every turn in San Antonio. Here are some of the reasons I want Jesus to return, that stone that crushes every empire.
I want love to win. Finally, fully, and forever.
I want the proud, powerful, and pretentious brought low. I want the oppressed, marginalized, and abused to be free and safe.
I want love, compassion, justice, goodness, fairness, respect, and equality—peace—to reign.
I want scientists and theologians alike to be humbled and shown the limits of human knowledge of both the universe and God.
I want the end of every economic system that favors profits over both people and the environment.
I want governments to see the ludicrous nature of warfare and the never-ending arms race.
God, humble us all—everyone. May Your will be done on earth as in heaven. And may I play my part in that now as a foretaste of how it will be then.
NOTE: After writing this, I see Mary already said the same but with much greater power and poetry:
“He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty” (Luke 1:51-53).