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 each other with these words." [1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NIV]

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.


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
Pastor Judy Howard
December 8, 2007
I Really enjoyed this sermon God Bless You Pastor Judy
Gary Jones of All Saints Kesgrave
December 2, 2007
very very good we should change the words of santa claus is coming to town to jesus christ is coming to town then the real story would come out
Johnny Childers
November 29, 2007
Excellent Sermon Thanks for the help
Glynn Dickens
December 2, 2006
A very thought-provoking approach to Christmas
Hubert Herring
November 29, 2006
Great Sermon Melvin