THE TWO COMINGS OF CHRIST!

THE FIRST COMING

1 A glorious angel choir sings from heaven–to a small group of shepherds.

2 Shepherds show up to congratulate the couple. Not the crowd we might expect for the Son of God’s birth. Wise men from the East come months later and worship the babe, now a child.

3 In humility. No room, no dignitaries. Caesar gets the world moving to register. Hectic time.

4 Christ the baby, helpless. The family flees the wrath of Herod. Christ the Man: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Itinerant ministry. Shameful to his family.

5 Absolute poverty. “The Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Matt. 8:20). 

6 Time frame:  thirty-three years.

7 Purpose: die. As priest he atones for sin.  Comes as a lamb to be sacrificed (Isaiah 53:4-12).

8 Conclusion: life, death, resurrection, ascension. Here for 33 years and gone.

9 The cross, the reason for his first coming, “…that whoever believes in him might not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16,17).

Many thought Jesus was going to do on his first trip to earth what he will do on his return, annihilate evil and rule forever. James and John wanted to rule with him, one on each side. He will rule, but first he atones for sin to allow people entrance to his home. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, many figured this was his moment. They shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel” (John 12:13). They were disappointed when he didn’t take over. He went for the cross, not the crown. His only crown was made of thorns. See Hebrews 10:12-14. Jesus “offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins…”

THE SECOND COMING

1 Glorious warring angels accompany Jesus to take over. 

2 All will see him, like it or not. “Behold, he is coming with the clouds (same way he left), and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him…” (Revelation 1:7).

3 In glory. Jesus is returning to take charge and rule (see I Thess. 4:16).  “And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt. 24:30).

4 Christ the reigning king. All enemies are dealt with, including the antichrist, the false prophet, and Satan himself (Revelation 19, 20).

5 Riches beyond measure. He is the Son, the heir. He owns it all–and shares it with his family!

6 Time frame–an eternity. “…And he shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15).

7 Purpose: Rule forever. As king he abolishes sin, rewarding the righteous and punishing the unrighteous. He judges wrong and does away with all evil. “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered…” (Rev. 5:5). “Let us rejoice…for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and the Bride has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7). See Psalm 110:1-4. “The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter” (v. 2). 

8 Conclusion: Never-ending reign in glory with all those who have put their trust in him.

9 The crown. He is the rightful King, a descendant of David. He will fight as David fought in the Battle of Armageddon, after which he will set up his earthly and eternal rule. Hallelujah!! Amen!!

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