Summary: Being an Authentic Follower of Jesus: The Second Coming of the King
Being an Authentic Follower of Jesus:
The Second Coming of the King
December 6, 2009
We are in the middle of three weeks on the kingdom. Last week I spoke on the nature of the kingdom; this week I want to share about the second coming of the kingdom or the consummation of the kingdom. Then on the 20th at our Christmas service, we will have a children’s program, a choir, and I want to share about the significance of the birth of the king. Let me encourage you to invite someone. Statistics show that most people will come to church when they are invited.
If you remember last week the Pharisees asked when the kingdom would come, and Jesus responded that it is in front of them, he is the King, and his coming inaugurates the coming of the kingdom yet not the way they think. In their mind, the coming of the kingdom meant it would come with cataclysmic signs and a military coo. Knowing this, Jesus says that the kingdom comes in two stages or two advents. Then we looked at how the kingdom has already come in Jesus yet is not here in fullness. This week we will see how he goes on to describe the consummation of the kingdom referring back to two Old Testament accounts of God’s judgment. We could sum up his first coming as the Suffering Savior and King; his second coming as the Glorious Judge and King (John 3:17).
1. The Second Coming of Christ will be Clear to Everyone (vs. 22-25)
Jesus’ first coming was recognized by faith; the second coming will be clear and unmistakable to all. Jesus says don’t listen to people when they say he is here or there because his return will be clear to everyone. Verse 24 tells us why not to listen to people that want to say he is coming here or there with the word ‘for.’ For or because when he returns it will be like a thunderstorm that fills the whole sky and everyone will know he is here. He is describing how the Lord will come with power (Luke 21:27), in his glory and the glory of the Father (Luke 9:26), and he will sit on his glorious throne (Mat 25:31). We will not have to look or hunt for his return. The apostle Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians to correct the church at Thessalonica who believed that Christ had already returned (2:1-2). Jesus promised us that there will be ‘false christs and false prophets that will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect (Mat 24:24). It will be visible and it will be unmistakable. But first he must suffer and be rejected by his people, speaking of his death on the cross.
2. The Second Coming of Christ will be Unexpected (vs. 26-30)
Jesus gives two Old Testament precedents for God’s judgment, the days of Noah and the days of Lot. During the days of Noah, humanity was so evil that God sent a rain to flood the earth and destroy every living creature yet mercifully spared Noah and his family. In the days of Lot, God judged Sodom and Gomorrah judge because of their wickedness and mercifully rescued Lot’s family (Gen 19:15-17).