Summary: Judgment paves the way for the Good News of Jesus Christ.
“WHEN JESUS COMES: JUDGMENT”
(Advent 2010, Week #2)
Sermon Objective: When Jesus comes – judgment follows. But, as we will see, judgment paves the way for the Good News of Christ’s salvation.
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King at his second.
It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.
Part of that expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin and a calling of the world to accountability before God. We long for God to come and set the world right! Yet, as the prophet Amos warned, the expectation of a coming judgment at the "Day of the Lord" may not be the day of light that some might want, because the penetrating light of God’s judgment on sin will shine just as brightly on God’s people.
The exposure of our sin is intended and designed to prepare us to receive God’s pardon, mercy and grace. In turn we are prepared to worship and be in His presence. Advent, you see, brings us full circle.
Last week we discovered that an impact of Christ’s coming (whenever and wherever) is justice. This week we will discover that God’ s righteous judgment flows out His justice. Unger’s Bible Dictionary says, Justice “reveals the triumph of the righteous kingdom culminating in the final judgment.”
When Jesus comes – judgment follows. But, as we will see judgment paves the way for the Good News … the Gospel.
Rev 11:18The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great—and for destroying those who destroy the earth."
19Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
I) THERE IS JUDGMENT IN THE INCARNATION
To begin with, there was judgment in the incarnation. The incarnation is a theological word that simply means “God in flesh.”
Why did God become a human being? As our Advent meditation suggested, any understanding of Christmas that does not revolve around Jesus death, burial and resurrection is mere sentimental drivel. Jesus became a human being … Jesus was born … to die.
Why was his death so important? Because death is the penalty for sin. From the very beginning God told humankind that violating His law (think: the apple in the garden) would mean “Ye shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17). Our rebellion places us in a position of hostility (ill-will or enmity) with God. And in order for us to be reconciled (our friendship restored) the sin must be paid for.