Summary: You can be prepared for his appearing
Title: The Three Appearances of Jesus Christ
2 Tim. 3:1-9
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these men oppose the truth--men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
The verses following describe some of the tell tale signs of the LAST DAYS
THESE EVIDENCES CONCERN PEOPLE
PEOPLE will BE
Lovers of themselves
Lovers of money
Disobedient to their parents
Without self control
Not lovers of good
Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
Having a form of godliness but denying its power
This kind of Vice List was brought up by both Jews and Christians whenever the End Times where the topic
It was believed by the Jews and here confirmed by the New Testament that the Last Days will be marked by
And increased sin and oppression.
IN THE LAST DAYS
2 Tim. 4:3
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
TN THE LAST DAYS “scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires,
They will say “WHERE IS THIS COMING HE Promised”
We are living in the last days that the BIBLE speaks about.
And the Lord would have you to know that HE IS COMING SOON
I BELIEVE IN THE Imminent RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
He is going to appear.
At an hour
And on a day
That we know not
But praise be to God you can be prepared for his appearing
This morning I want to talk about the “THREE APPEARANCES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST”
Text: Hebrews 9:26-28
The first appearance of Christ is referred to in
. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Christ’s first appearance began in Bethlehem
and ended at the cross
His first Appearance was
1. To redeem from the captivity of sin all who will believe
One winters night in 1935. LaGuardia - - the mayor of New York city showed up at a night court in the poorest ward in the city.
He dismissed the judge and took over the bench.
That night a tattered old women was brought before him for stealing a loaf of bread.
She defended herself by saying “my daughters husband has deserted her, she is sick and the children are starving”.
The shopkeeper refused to drop the charges saying “Its a bad neighborhood. Your honor and she has to be punished to teach other people a lesson
LaGuardia sighed; he turned to the women and said.
“I’ve Got to punish you, the law makes no exceptions.
TEN DOLLARS OR TEN DAYS IN JAIL”
However even while pronouncing the sentence he was reaching into his pocket, He took out a ten-dollar bill, and threw it into his hat with these famous words.
“Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit, and furthermore I am fining everyone in this courtroom 50 cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread to feed her starving grandchildren. Mr. Bailiff collect the fines and give them to the defendant”
The following day a new York paper reported
“Forty seven dollars and fifty cents was turned over to a bewildered old grandmother who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren, making forced donations were a red faced shop keeper, seventy petty criminals, and a few New York policemen.
LaGuardia, paid the price, and set the prisoner free, out of compassion...
The Lord Jesus first appearance was for a purpose
We like that old women are forced to pay the penalty for sin.
Because the law is the law
but the penalty for our sin is not ten bucks