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Advent 2007
Sunday, 23 December 2007

The Returning Word: Why will Jesus return to earth?

I.  Introduction:

 We have seen that Jesus was with the Father in eternity past before He came to earth (Eternal Word).  We have seen that He came to earth the first time to redeem us and to reveal and glorify the Father (Incarnate Word).  We saw last week that after making purification for our sins, Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father (Exalted Word).  We know, just as those who expected the first Advent of Christ knew, that Jesus has promised to come to earth again.  Thus, just as we asked why Jesus would come to the earth during our consideration of the first Advent, so should we ask why Jesus would return at the second Advent?  To answer, I want to follow what we said about His first coming, namely to redeem us and reveal (or glorify) the Father.

II.  Passages: Hebrews 9:27-28, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 2 Thess. 1:5-10, Revelation 19:6-16

ē Let me identify two reasons for Jesusí return for us to consider tonight:

  1.  Jesus will return for those whom He redeemed (Hebrews 9:27-28, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many     (as we have seen in our study of Mark).  The author of Hebrews tells us that He will come a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.  Jesus will come back for all of those who have repented of their sins and trusted in His finished work at the cross.  Paul tells us that He will not just come for those who are still living, but even those who have already fallen asleep (or died).  When Jesus returns, He will be coming back to gather His Bride from all of history and from all the nations.  We will be with Him in Heaven for all of eternity.
  2.  Jesus will return for the glory of the Father (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, Revelation 19:6-16).  When Jesus came before, He came humbly to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.  Yet, when He returns, He will be coming to judge His enemies and rule over all.  On that day all the wrongs of human sin will be righted.  No injustice will remain.  This will be done to the glory of God and for the good of His people.  However, for all of those who have not repented of their sins and believed in Christ, that Day will be a day of judgment and condemnation.  He will inflict vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  This will be a display of the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints.  The Word of God will come to judge the nations and tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.  Thus, Jesusí return for the glory of the Father is good news for all of those in Christ, but fearful news for all of those who do not believe.

III.  Conclusion:

 When the second Advent is spoken of in the New Testament, there seems to be a two clear purposes.  First, a call to be prepared.  We must be ready and prepared for the return of Christ.  How do we do that?  By repenting of our sins and believing in the work of Christ during His first Advent, namely His perfect life, His death for our sins, and His resurrection.  Thus, may we be prepared for the return of Christ.  Second, a call to be encouraged.  Jesus will win.  No enemy of His will stand on that Day.  No matter how difficult this life might be for His people, we live under the glorious promise that He will never leave us or forsake us.  No, He is coming back for our good and His glory.  Thus, may we rejoice in the Eternal Word (who left the Fatherís side), the Incarnate Word (who took on flesh), the Exalted Word (who reigns at the Fatherís right hand), and the Returning Word (who is coming soon).  Come, Lord Jesus.  Amen.

~ William Marshall ~

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