Summary: Glory of the 2nd Coming (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: John chapter 14 verse 1-6.
This is our last but one study in the series ‘The Glory of Christ’”.
• We have covered:
• Glory in his Childhood – Jesus was a boy aged 12.
• Glory by the River – his baptism.
• Glory in the Wilderness – his temptation.
• Glory at the Wedding – his first miracle (water into wine).
• Glory in Confession – his challenge to the disciples (“Who do you say that I am?”)
• Glory on the Mountain – his transfiguration.
• Glory in the Triumphal Entry – his entry into Jerusalem (only time he allowed a display of pubic worship)
• Glory in the Upper Room – he broke read and explained the significance of his death.
• Glory on the Cross – he made the ultimate sacrifice.
• Glory in the Resurrection – he conquered death & proved he was the Son of God.
• Glory in the Departure – his ascension,
Not one of us (not even Mrs Fielder senior as she fast approaches another birthday):
• None of us were eyewitnesses of any of those events;
• We have studied those events;
• But none of us saw any of those manifestations of the glory of Christ!
• Because they are historical, they took place 2,000 years ago!
• Yes they were important, yes they were worth studying, Yes they are still relevant for today;
• The fact remains that they are historical events, they happened & now they are finished!
• Yet the most magnificent display of Christ’s glory is still yet to happen.
• And this time it will not be to a few thousand people in faraway Palestine.
• When the next magnificent display of Christ’s glory appears;
• It will be witnessed by billions!
• At his first coming those who witnessed it caught small glimpses of his glory,
• At his second coming those who witness it will see it in cosmic proportions.
When General Douglas MacArthur was at Army training college, he tells this story:
• The first section was studying the time-space relationship;
• Later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity.
• The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it,
• I committed the pages to memory.
• When I was called upon to recite,
• I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said.
• Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked,
• “Do you understand this theory?”
• It was a bad moment for me, but I did not hesitate in replying, “No, sir.”
• You could have heard a pin drop. I braced myself and waited.
• And then the slow words of the professor:
• “Neither do I, Mr. MacArthur. Section dismissed.”
• Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Reminiscences;
• Recalling a stratagem he carried out while at West Point.
Well I am not out to confuse you with complicated theories:
• Ill: Tony Campolo:
• “I am on the welcoming committee not the planning!”
• But we are going to briefly look at an important New Testament teaching;
• That is ‘The Second Coming’.
‘The 2nd Coming’ is a term applied to the literal return of Jesus Christ to planet earth.
• If there is a second coming,
• Then it follows that there must have been a first.
• The first coming of Christ was His incarnation when He was born.
• And each year virtually the whole world will celebrate this event.
• Although under communism, some countries denied this first coming;
• No serious historian today would doubt the historical existence of Jesus!
• But what about his second coming?
• Will there be a second coming and if so how and why?
Question 1: Will he come again?
Answer 1: The answer to that first question is yes, he will come again!
• If you believe the Bible, then the second coming of Jesus is a fact in future history;
• It is not a question of ‘WILL HE’ but ‘WHEN WILL HE’ come again!
• Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first advent,
• So both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ.
• One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references;
• To Christ’s second coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books give it prominence.
• In the 260 chapters of the New Testament,
• There are 318 references to the second advent of Christ;
• An amazing 1 out of every 30 verses.
• Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event.
• For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent,
• There are 8 which look forward to His second!