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
Jesus isnít sending an ambassador - He is coming Himself! And we need to be ready for that day. So letís take time this morning to consider Jesus seriously, & to be excited about the coming of Jesus & the importance of having our hearts prepared for His coming.
ILL. Isnít it fun to watch the excitement grow on the faces of our children as Christmas Day approaches? With each passing day the grins grow, the adrenaline level rises, & the expectation almost bursts forth from every pore.
We should be even more excited! Children are excited about the coming of a round man in a red suit with toys tucked under his arm. You & I can be excited about the coming of our King dressed in all His radiance & riding the clouds of heaven.
Do you realize that weíre commanded to look forward to the coming of Jesus? In 2 Peter 3:11-12, Peter asks a question of the people, "What kind of people should you be?" Peter, the consummate preacher answers his own question by saying, "You should live holy lives & serve God, as you wait for & look forward to the coming of the day of God."
That childlike enthusiasm & excitement was certainly a driving force for the early believers. In the last verses of the last chapter of the last book in the Bible, John writes, "He who testifies to these things says, íYes, I am coming soon.í Amen. Come, Lord Jesus." (Revelation 22:20 NIV)
Isnít that beautiful? John hears Jesus say, "I am coming soon" & John says, "All right, then, Come, Lord Jesus!" That should be the gist of our attitude, too.
Some of you may say, "OK, Iím convinced. Iíll look forward to the coming of Jesus, but how will He come, when will He come, & why is He coming back anyway?" Those are good questions, & itís important that we know what the Bible has to say about them.
I. HOW WILL JESUS RETURN?
1. First of all, "How will Jesus return?" Will He return as the 7th incarnation of Buddha, or as some mystical force to be called upon by those who, like Luke Skywalker, are looking for "The Force?" Well, we donít have to wonder, because the Bible quite clearly tells us how Jesus will return. Jesus Himself spoke about that when He said,
"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, & all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power & great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, & they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." [Matthew 24:30-31 NIV]
"Every eye will see him, & every knee will bow before Him, & every tongue will confess that He is Lord! And this time Heís coming with power & glory!
II. WHEN WILL JESUS COME?
Hopefully weíve settled how Jesus will come, but when will He come? This poses a major problem for most of us because as a people we like to be prepared. Most folks will be prepared for Christmas morning because we have a deadline to work with.
We all know that if we donít have our presents bought by Christmas Day then we will let some folks down. The problem we have when we look at the coming of Jesus is that we do not know when He will return, we only know that He is coming.
Jesus said of His coming in Matthew 24, "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will
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