Living in this time between Christ’s resurrection and his return can be difficult for us as Christians. This period is often called the “now and not yet.” It is hard to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel when you are dealing with problems and trials in your present situation.
Ed Stetzer, in his book, Sent: Living the Missional Nature of the Church, helps us to visualize what is going on here. “Think of it like this,” he says. “At the end of World War II, there were two historical dates. The first date is remembered as D-Day—June 6, 1944. The Allied Powers stormed the beach at Normandy and secured the victory, and it was just a matter of time until the war was over. However, the official war continued on until May 7-8, 1945, when the Allied Powers accepted the unconditional and full surrender of Germany. Then the fighting stopped completely” (p. 36).
Christ won the war with sin, death and the devil when he rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. (E-Day, if you will). But battles and skirmishes continue until Judgment Day (J-Day, let’s call it), when Christ will return to declare victory over sin, death and the devil, and all battles with them will cease.
So we wait in this time between E-Day and J-Day, knowing the war is over, but the battles continue. But we know the outcome is certain. Christ won and we are winners because of it forevermore. Praise the Lord!