HE'S COMING TO TOWN!
Sermon shared by Melvin Newland
Summary: The One whose coming Iím looking forward to this morning wonít be coming from the North Pole & riding in a sleigh. Instead, Heís coming from Heaven, & arriving on the clouds of the sky! (PowerPoint available - #271)
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
About Sermon Contributor
MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER
HEíS COMING TO TOWN!
TEXT: Daniel 7:13-14
(PowerPoint slides used with this sermon are available free. Just email me at email@example.com and ask for #271)
A. The countdown started well before Thanksgiving, & with each passing day the
excitement & preparations for its arrival have been accelerating. Lights & decorations have been put up, stores are full, & music is filling the air. A lot of people, especially children, are eagerly anticipating a very special event that is now only a few days away! Truly, itís a very busy time of the year!
And itís all in preparation for what? Well, any child can tell you - "A visit from Santa Claus, of course!" And remember, "He knows if youíve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! You better not pout, you better not cry - you better watch out, Iím telling you why - Santa Claus is coming to town!"
B. Now that may be important to many people, but the One whose coming Iím looking forward to this morning wonít be coming from the North Pole & riding in a sleigh. Instead, Heís coming from Heaven, & arriving on the clouds of the sky!
No matter how you look at it, His arrival will be awesome, & the anticipation we feel is not ours alone. Millions of people in nations all over the world are eagerly awaiting His coming. And when He does, Heíll be doing what the prophets have proclaimed - Heíll be bringing gifts to men. But unlike Santa, His gifts will not be based upon our goodness - but upon His grace.
And because of His grace, Iím here today to tell you to make your plans, prepare your hearts, your minds, & your souls to understand the aspects of His coming which set Him apart from all others. And to get us started, let me share with you from Godís Word concerning His coming.
For example, here are the words of a wise man who lived long, long ago. Daniel was a man determined to serve the Lord. And every time the king had a vision from God, Daniel was called upon to interpret the dream. One night, when Daniel was lying on his bed he had an awesome vision from God. Daniel wrote about this vision in the 7th chapter of his book. Listen to what he wrote:
"In my vision at night I looked, & there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of Heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days & was led into His presence. He was given authority, glory & sovereign power; all peoples, nations & men of every language worshipped Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, & His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed." [Daniel 7:13-14]
Do you understand what I just read? In a vision, Daniel says that he saw the Son of Man coming with the clouds of Heaven in glory & power. And all the people & nations of the entire world worshipped Him!
And Daniel wasnít the only one to talk about His coming. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Church in Thessalonica. Paul wrote,
"For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel & with the trumpet call of God, & the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive & are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage
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