JESUS IS COMING AGAIN
Jesus is coming again. It will be at a unexpected time therefore, we must be prepared beforehand. The world was not ready at His first coming and did not recognize Him. It is of even greater importance to be ready for His coming again. Let's look at the contrast between His first coming and second coming, and see why we must be ready.
He came as a Baby in weakness, in meekness, and in obscurity.
He will come the next time in power and glory to assert His will over all the earth.
Very few bowed before Him at His first coming.
When He comes again all knees shall bow at His feet in humble worship.
At His first coming the door of the inn was shut in His face.
For His second coming we read of a door opened in heaven out of which He rides as King of kings and Lord of lords.
His coming was shrouded in secret. Very few knew of His arrival.
But when He returns everyone will know. Every eye will see Him and recognize Him as the one they pierced and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him.
He came to suffer for the sins of the world. He was mistreated, humiliated, and rejected.
He will return as Judge to pass judgment on all those who rejected Him.
He came in great humility as a servant.
He will return as the Commander in Chief of a very large army.
He came the first time to wear the crown of thorns.
He is coming the second time to wear the crown of power and glory.
He came to set up His assembly which includes both sheep and goats, the good and bad.
At His return He will separate the sheep from the goats and not allow any that are false to enter His kingdom.
When Jesus came the first time it was to settle the problem of sin. He did not come to settle the problems of government nor the social dilemmas that harass our world.
When He comes again He will solve all government problems, and political and social ills.
He came the first time to make peace between God and man.
He will return to make war on those who do not know God.
He came the first time to be God's representative of love and grace.
He is returning as God's representative against a rebellious world.
He came as our Savior.
He will return as our Sovereign.
Jesus is coming again. As we look at the contrast between His first and second comings we should fall on our knees in repentance and cry out for mercy and forgiveness.
"If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 WEB
We can be very thankful for the mercies of God. He has not punished us or our nation according to the greatness of our sins. So let us be faithful to our Lord and King. Let us rejoice and look forward to His return, expecting Him at any time.
"Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, so Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without sin, to those who are eagerly waiting for him for salvation." Hebrews 9:27,28 WEB
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 WEB)