Monday, April 17, 2017

Jesus is Coming Again!

Today many celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The death, burial and resurrection is central to our faith as Christians and it is fun to be reminded of it's importance. Since Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven we are now looking forward to his return someday. This post is about what the Bible says about Christ coming back.

Christ will come again - check out all these announcements of that fact:
"Jesus said to him, You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." Matthew 26:64

"And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them. They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." Acts 1:9-11

It is also pretty cool that every New Testament writer refers to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ: Matthew (25:13), Mark (8:38), Luke (21:27), John (14:3), Paul (1 Thess. 4:16), James (5:8), Peter (1 Peter 5:4) and Jude (vs. 14 and 15)

What will Jesus' 2nd coming be like?

"Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory." Mark 13:26

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." 1 Thess. 4:16 & 17

"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10

"And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30

"But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone." Mark 13:32

"So if they say to you, "Behold, He is in the wilderness," do not go out, or "Behold , He is in the inner rooms, " do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:26 & 27

People will react to the 2nd coming in 2 ways.

Christians will rejoice ~
"Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus." Titus 2:13

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 7 & 8

"So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him." Hebrews 9:28

The unsaved will face it with fear ~
"For after all it is only just for God to repay with afflictions those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away form the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed - for our testimony to you was believed." 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

"And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30

Are you ready for Jesus' coming?

"Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming." Matthew 24:42

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