Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4:8
1 Timothy 6:13-14
Picture a fourth grade boy sitting in the principal’s office, waiting for the appearing of the principal. Now picture the same boy at noon on a Friday, anxiously waiting for his mom to pick him up early from school to begin a long family vacation weekend. He is waiting for the appearing of his mother. Which “appearing” does the lad love? Obviously, the appearing that will precede a weekend of fun and excitement.
There is a difference between waiting and waiting-with-excitement-and- anticipation. Or so the apostle Paul seems to suggest in 2 Timothy 4:8. There he mentions the “crown of righteousness” that awaits all who “love” the appearing of Christ at His Second Coming. It’s one thing to wait for Christ’s return; it’s another to wait with love and anticipation. Those who love the idea of seeing Christ face to face will live in such a way as to welcome His appearing—not shy away like the boy waiting in the principal’s office.
If Christ appears today, will He find you loving His appearing?
The subject of the second coming of Christ has never been popular to any but the true believer.
Isaiah 29 – 31