Upon victoriously completing the entire work of salvation for the world, Jesus Christ ascended to heaven. One of the things that He has been doing ever since is waiting. God’s Word tells us at least two things that Christ is waiting for.
He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. (Heb 10:12-13)
Waiting for His Enemies
Christ has enemies. Though we were once His enemies, He has reconciled us to Himself by His death on the cross. Satan and his minions are still enemies of Christ. Someday an antichrist will appear as an enemy. When Jesus comes to Earth, He will face enormous armies of men, all His enemies. Yet in every battle, He will win!
Christ is not merely aware that someday He will crush His enemies beneath His feet. For thousands of years, Christ been waiting for the day when all of His enemies will be crushed underfoot. He will rule as King with no more enemies. Won’t that be a great day? No more enemies of Christ. No more opposition to what is good and right. What a day that will be!
What patience He has exhibited for these millennia, and even now, as He waits for the day when our world will be set right and when the opposition to Him will be no more. That will be a great day. I’m looking forward to it. And I have a Savior in Heaven who is looking forward to it.
But do not let this fact escape your notice beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9)
Waiting for Repentance
Today, Christ is in heaven, not wishing for any to perish. He is waiting for each soul to believe on His finished work on the cross. Specifically, He is waiting for all to come to repentance (change their minds). The Bible teaches that each unbeliever must consciously change their mind from unbelief to belief, accepting the good news about the salvation that is made available in Christ alone.
Christ wants all to be saved. He died on the cross. He draws souls to Himself. He sent out the Holy Spirit to convict the world. He sent you and me into the world to tell the world. He has done everything possible to change the minds of every person. Each person is without excuse if they refuse to believe His gospel. Yet He is still kindly and patiently waiting.
We can only imagine the delight that Christ receives when a soul receives the gift that He suffered, bled, and died to impart. He has only ever shown kindness to each and every soul. He has given His life. And for two thousand years (and even today), He waits patiently for every soul to turn to Him.
There will be many who do not believe. But there are those who will believe. There will be a great multitude of the redeemed who will live forever with Christ! This is why our Savior waits. It is amazing to think that Christ is not in such a hurry to return, because He wishes for more souls to be saved and to take advantage of His finished work. He is patiently waiting for more to change their minds.
Until that day
In Heaven, our Savior is waiting. He waits for the great day of victory. He waits for more souls to repent. He looks forward to the day when His enemies will be silenced, and when every knee will bow. And He is waiting for the enemies who He died to reconcile to be won into friends. And when the time is right, Christ will come in glorious victory – a loving Savior to meet His bride, and a just King to crush His enemies.
As we look forward to that day, may we wonder at this truth: that our Savior is waiting.