By David R. Ferguson
Jesus came to the Earth the first time meek and lowly, and riding on the back of a donkey. But that’s not how He will return at His Second Coming.
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus is the “blessed hope” of the church (Titus 2:13). Throughout the centuries of church history, concerned believers have waited expectantly for this glorious event to happen.
The Son of God came the first time in Bethlehem as a virgin-born baby. He was “despised and rejected of men” (Isaiah 53:3). He was arrested, ridiculed, and finally crucified. His death was a perfect sacrifice for sin.
But some day He will come again – not to experience mocking and humiliation – but to reign as King over the universe. The Second Coming of Christ to the Earth is the bright and radiant hope of God’s people. The Apostle John, writing from the island of Patmos, says, “Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him” (Revelation 1:7). Jesus Himself declares that people will “see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).
Jesus promised that He will prepare a place for us, and that He will come again (John 14:2b-3). There are scoffers who say, “Where is the promise of His coming?” (2 Peter 3:3-4). They are not willing to take the promises of God’s word seriously. But the Angels declared to the disciples of Jesus who witnessed His ascension into Heaven: “This same Jesus, Which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:11). The Apostle Paul declares that “when Christ Who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:4).
The truth about the Second Coming of Jesus is clear – and we do not try to explain it away. Are you ready for that day? Have you come to the Lord in obedient, saving faith? If not, then why not?
- David R. Ferguson preaches for the Lakeland Church of Christ in Mattoon, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation'sFacebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lakelandchurchofchrist/ or email@example.com