Summary: If only Christians know what awaits them at the coming of the Lord, they will continually pray, COME LORD JESUS. Nevertheless, join me to pray, COME LORD JESUS.
First delivered 21st September, 2003
THEME: MARANATHA: THE LORD COMETH
TOPIC: COME LORD JESUS
TEXT: Dan. 7: 13-14; Rev. 22: 20
1. When Jesus comes!
2. If Jesus does not come
3. COME, Lord Jesus
Much has been said about the coming back of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This was foretold
a. by the Prophets, Dan.7: 13-14, Jude 14;
b. by Jesus himself, Mt. 25: 31, Jh. 14:3;
c. by the Apostles, Ac. 3:20, 1Tim. 6:14, and
d. by the Angels, Ac. 1:10-11
If there is any coming event that is as sure as God lives, it is that issue of the return of the Lord.
If there is any event that is as sure as the Word of God, it is that Jesus is coming back again.
If there is however any coming event that the world will prefer not to be mentioned, it is this impending or imminent appearing of our Lord and Master.
If there is any hope of the Christian, if there is any aspiration or expectation of the Christian that must be cut off, it is beholding the Savior’s face.
If there is a day when the Christian will be all he has been longing for, it is the day of His appearing.
I do think that many of us are not longing for the coming of the Lord because we do not know what awaits us at His coming. A college graduate will long for his or her graduation day because it’s always glorious to graduate. He will prepare well and look forward to it. Much more should be our expectations when Jesus comes.
I. WHEN JESUS COMES
When Jesus comes FOR His Saints (Jh. 14:3),
a. It shall be a Reunion day, 1 Th. 4:16,17,
i. Reunion with other Christians and loved ones
ii. Reunion with Christ Himself
b. It shall be a Rewarding day, Mt. 16:27
i. it shall be a great reward, Mt.5:12; Heb. 10:35
ii. it shall be a full reward, 2 Jh. 1:8
iii. it shall be a sure reward, Prov. 11:18
iv. it shall be a satisfying reward, Ps. 17:15
v. it shall be an inestimable reward, Is. 64:4; 1 Cor. 2:9
Such rewards as:
- being with Christ, Jh. 14:3; Phil. 1:23; 1 Th. 4:17
- beholding the face of God, Rev. 22:4
- being glorified with Christ, Rom. 8:17-18
- sitting in judgment with Christ, Mt. 19:28
- reigning with Christ, 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 20:4
- having a kingdom, Mt. 25:34; Lk. 22:29
- having a house eternal in the heavens, 2Cor. 5:1
c. It shall be a Rejoicing day, 2Cor. 1:14
i. We shall rejoice over our new status – the redeemed of the Lord
ii. We shall rejoice over the rewards
iii. We shall rejoice for seeing the souls we have helped to win
d. It shall be a Restoration day, Ac.3:21; Rom.8:21
We shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption
e. It shall be a Refreshing day, Ac.3:19
f. It shall be a Resurrection day, 1Th. 4:16,17
i. the dead in Christ first
ii. followed by we that are alive and remain
g. It shall be a Regretful day, 1Th. 5:2
i. He shall come like a thief in the night, 2Pet. 3:10
ii.His coming shall be unexpected, Mk. 13:36; Mt. 24:44
When Jesus comes WITH His Saints, Jude 14,
a. It shall be a Resorting / Regrouping day, Mt. 25:31,32
The sheep shall be separated from the goat
b. It shall be a Retribution day, Jude 15; 2Tim. 4:1
A rewarding day for the unsaved
c. It shall be a Reunion day, Jude 14
The Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints.
d. It shall be a Revealing day, 1 Cor. 4:5
It shall bring to light the hidden things of darkness
e. It shall be a Royal day, Jude 14,15
There shall be a royal procession with Christ.
SONG: THE PEARLY GATES
When the pearly gates shall open
To a sinner saved by grace,
When through everlasting heaven
I behold my savior’s face.
When I enter in the mansion
Of the city bright and fair,
I shall have a royal welcome
For I’ll be no stranger there.
Chorus: I shall be no stranger there
Jesus will my place prepare
He will meet me, He will greet me,
I shall be no stranger there.
II. IF JESUS DOES NOT COME
a. Our redemption and salvation cannot be complete, Heb. 9:28; 1Pet. 1:5
We’ll still be subject to the corruption of this world
b. Believers cannot fully admire Him, 2Th. 1:10
c. Believers cannot reign with Him, Rev. 11:15
d. Believers cannot see Him, as He is, 1Jh. 3:2
e. Believers cannot be like Him, 1Jh. 3:2; Phil. 3: 20-21