Before Jesus left this earth to go to the Father, He comforted His disciples by promising them He would return again to receive them unto Himself: “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3, NASB).
Many times, Christians who believe in the full redemption of Christ through His finished work, as consummated in the Rapture of the Church (catching up to be with Him forever, John 14:3, 1 Thess. 4:13-17, 1 Cor. 15:49-54), are said to just be “escapists” and somehow want to avoid the sufferings of Christ.
While the world does not like the Gospel, it can tolerate parts of it, particularly the first half—Jesus from His birth to His death on the cross. As such, Jesus is just a tradition of the past to them and He has no relevance or power over their lives today.
Paul and the other apostles truly hoped and longed for the return of Jesus Christ. They wrote of it often in their letters in the New Testament. They reminded the early Christians of Christ’s coming as a means of encouragement. But sadly today, many Christians are no longer looking for the “Blessed Hope.”