"What's
Taking Jesus
So Long to
Come Back?"

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ONE particular Drosophila melanogaster
      clung motionless to the inside of the
      jar, while the others buzzed around it,
in typical fruit fly fashion.   Dr. Rogers smiled,
turning to his student.
   "See here, Jacobs, notice the number of
bristles."
  He held out the magnifying glass.
Paula Jacobs, graduate student, took the glass
and tried focusing on the solitary fly.   It buzzed,
joining the other flies in a contained frenzy.
   Paula pulled back.   "It got away, Sir.   I mean--"
   "Yes, yes, I know what you mean.   Have you
ever separated fruit flies before?"

   She shook her head.
   The Doctor smiled.   "Then you
will finally know what it really
means to be a geneticist."

   The rest of the morning went
tediously slow.   Unfortunately,
lunch didn't fare any better.
After several weeks under the
watchful eye of Dr. Rogers,
Paula felt the courage to invite
her mentor to church.   His
response was predictable . . .

   ". . . So am I to understand that this deity
you expect me to worship has no intention of
intervening?"

   "Well, Sir, I've already said you can't blame
God for all the pain and misery man brings upon
himself through disobeying his Creator."

   "Yes, yes, we've covered this ground.   It
doesn't answer my question.   Why not
intervene?   Why not step in and take the gun
from our childish hands and deliver us from our
own foolishness?   Or is He not able to do so?"

   "Yes Sir, He is definitely able--"
   "Ah, then the real issue is one of not wanting
to.   It seems to me, your God is inhumane--"

   "No, Sir, He certainly is not--"
   "Then answer me this," the doctor wound
back in full assurance of striking her out, "why
does He allow generation after generation to be

born, knowing perfectly well that the poor
wretched majority will die and, as you so
eloquently put it, spend eternity in a devil's Hell?
Surely your God is more compassionate than
that."

   She sat speechless.
   "Ah, as I imagined--you have no answer."   He
then gave her the same assuring look normally
reserved for his daughters.   "Don't feel bad, I
doubt if there really is one."
  He lifted the warm
basket off the table and smiled.   "Care for
another bread stick?"

                          The afternoon dragged on
                       worse than the morning.   Not
                       only was Paula bored by her fly-
                       ridden task, but the thought of
                       not having a viable answer was
                       disheartening.   She had failed
                       God.
                          Paula's attention kept fading
                       in and out between her work,
                       her shame, and Doctor Rogers'
                       conversation with his colleague.
                          The two men had begun their
                       talk minutes earlier.   They stood
a ways from Paula, but the doctor's bravado
voice easily made its way to her ear.   She picked
up bits and pieces:
   ". . . It takes many generations of fruit flies, in
order to obtain the number of preferred flies."

   The colleague nodded in agreement.   "The ones
with the decreased bristles?"

   "Exactly," continued Dr. Rogers.   "Since we
only get a small yield of the 'decreased' flies in
any one generation, we must keep breeding
generation after generation, accumulating
preferred flies from each generation, until the net
gain in the long run is--"

   The conversation trailed off in Paula's ear as
she scurried out of the lab.
   Her face was lit up . . .

AN HOUR LATER, after his colleague
    departed, Dr. Rogers sat at his desk
rubbing his eyes.   Paula walked in, her Bible in
her right hand, an index finger poked between
the pages.
   "Ah, Jacobs, there you are.   How goes the
battle?   I hope the little buggers didn't chase you
off in search of a career counselor."

   She smiled.   "I have an answer."
   "I'm glad for you," he said.   "I hope you find a
question to go along with it."

   "No, no, Sir.   An answer to your question-- the
one you posed at lunch."
  She flipped open the
Bible to where her finger was, and read: ‘Behold,
a sower went forth to sow; And when he
sowed, some seeds fell by the way side...
Some fell upon stony places...And some fell
among thorns...But other fell into good
ground, and brought forth fruit’
(Matt. 13:3-9).
   She looked at Rogers, her face was lit up
again.   "Sir, I overheard you say 'net gain,' to
your colleague.   It brought to mind this parable.
The seed mentioned here is the Gospel, God's
plan of salvation.   The four different grounds
represent four types of hearts.   Three of those
hearts ultimately reject the gospel.   Only one of
the four is a receptive heart--the ‘good ground’
responds to the gospel message, ‘and brought
forth fruit[.]’
  As the gospel is preached, only a
relative few from each generation get saved,
they willingly repent and trust Christ as their
Lord and Saviour."

   Rogers stared at her.
   "Don't you see?   Only a small percentage from
each generation actually gets saved.   So, just as
it takes several generations of fruit flies to
accumulate a desired amount of preferred flies,
it takes many generations of human beings to
produce enough saved people to fill Heaven.
Thus, God allows many generations to come and
go."

   Rogers looked at Paula as if having gained
another daughter.   He was proud of her.   "I must
say, Jacobs, I'm impressed by your resolve.   You

could have easily folded, convinced that your
dilemma had no solution.   You certainly have
promise, but there is one small point you
overlooked."

   He smiled, ready to strike her out again.   "Your
argument still makes God uncompassionate."

   "How so, Sir?"   She kept her composure.
   "To use your own analogy, my intent in
breeding the flies is solely to gain the ones I
want.   I then, unmercifully, get rid of the files I
don't want.   What you're saying is that God is
breeding billions of souls, merely to yield Himself
a few million.   His compassion toward us is no
better than what I display toward fruit flies.
Maybe you better work on it a little more."

   His smile was now bigger than ever.
   Paula didn't sway--she didn't even blink.
   "There's no need to, Sir.   Your counter-
argument is flawed.   Your flies have no choice in
the matter--we, however, do.   God gives us a
choice.   We can choose not to be one of those
three bad grounds.   We can repent, opening our
hearts to the gospel.   You can't blame God.   The
choice is your's.   You can choose to repent."

   The doctor's smile slowly disappeared.


THE QUESTION as to when Jesus Christ
     will return has long been debated.   Many
     throughout the years have doubted that
His second coming will even take place.   The
Bible is fully aware of the doubters, predicting
scoffers in the last days leading to Christ's
return: "Knowing this first, that there shall come
in the last days scoffers, walking after their own
lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of
his coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep,
all things continue as they were from the
beginning of the creation."
  2 Pet. 3:3-4
   Notice the rationale these scoffers give for
doubting Christ's return: "all things
continue
as they were from the beginning of

the creation."   In other words: "Each generation
anticipates His return, yet each generation
comes and goes, and still no Christ."

On the surface, this argument seems valid.   After
all, what could Christ possibly be waiting for?
He's already died for the sins of mankind.   He's
already paid the price of our redemption.   The
saved can go home "anytime now."   So why
wait while many generations come and go,
especially when most people within each
generation will end up in Hell?   Wouldn't it be
better if they had never been born?

The opening story speaks for itself.   God wants
to populate Heaven.   We know from the Bible
that procreation will not take place in Heaven,
therefore the time to generate souls willing to
spend eternity with God is NOW--before
Christ's return.   God is gradually increasing the
size of His family, as each generation come and
goes.

What part of this present harvest are you?
   Jesus Christ often described the world as a
harvest, bringing forth its fruit of saved souls.
(See Matt. 9:38; Matt. 13:30; Matt. 13:39, and
Mark 4:29.)   Christ even draws an analogy from
the fact that no one harvest yields 100% of its
planted seed.   As you read Christ's explanation
of the parable mentioned in the opening story,
ask yourself: "Which ground best resembles my
heart?"

   Jesus Christ said: "Hear ye therefore the
parable of the sower.   When any one heareth the
word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not,
then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away
that which was sown in his heart.   This is he
which received seed by the way side."

   The "wicked one" can be the devil or anyone

else that talks a person out of getting saved.   In
any case, "the way side" represents the hard
ground surrounding the field.   It is a heart so hard
that the gospel often bounces right off.   How's
your heart?   Can you easily brush off the gospel
message?   After hearing the gospel, have you
been easily persuaded not to respond?
  Christ
continues:

"But he that received the seed into stony
places, the same is he that heareth the word,
and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not
root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when
tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the
word, by and by he is offended."

   Some people respond, but end up making a
false profession.   They didn't truly get saved;
they didn't count the cost.   They didn't repent,
forsake their sin and self-righteousness, AND
submit to Jesus Christ as the ONLY Lord of their
lives.   Christ goes on . . .

"He also that received seed among the
thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care
of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches,
choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."

   Some hearts love this present world more than
God.   They never truly surrendered it all to Jesus
Christ.   Finally, Jesus says:
   "But he that received seed into the good
ground is he that heareth the word, and
understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and
bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty,
some thirty."
  Matthew 13:18-23

My friend, which ground best describes your
heart?   Are you part of this present harvest--the
part that is saved?   What are you waiting for?
To learn more about God's plan of salvation,
please read the back [below] . . .

IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven?
  The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).

BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God,"
Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23.

SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast."
  (Eph. 2:8-9)   Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because: "Not by works of
righteousness
which we have done, but
according to his mercy he
[Christ] saved
us
,"
Titus 3:5.

THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ.   He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me."
  (John 14:6)   THAT'S
WHY
: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us
."
  Romans 5:8-9

THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind
); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself.   And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you.   "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
[REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart
[TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved."
  Romans 10:9

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