At Sunday Service yesterday, our pastor used the verses above to talk to us about the Lord’s second coming.
I admit that despite my faith, sometimes I can’t help but picture the end of times with fear. Thankfully, today’s preaching gave me a new perspective.
Our pastor gave three adjectives to describe how the second coming of the Lord would be. Let me share them with you.
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds,from one end of the heavens to the other. ” Matthew 24:30-31
“And among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.” Rev 1:13
He will return and when He does, the whole world will see His glory. His glory will manifest greatly and will be witnessed to its fullest.
“Joyous? Really?” I questioned in my head. “It’s the end of the world. It’s JUDGEMENT DAY. That doesn’t really paint a happy picture.”
And then the pastor pointed to Revelation 19:11:
“…With justice, he judges and makes war.”
He continued by saying that if you already received Jesus as your Lord and Savior then JUDGEMENT is a good word. JUDGEMENT is a joyful word. Why? Because your JUDGEMENT took place 2,000 years ago. You’re already justified.
“God made him who has no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”2 Corinthians 5:21
“…He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:15-16
“But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the sceptor of your kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8
On that day, people will see and know who has VICTORY over all things; who the true owner of everything is; who the TRUE LORD is.
Glorious. Joyous. Victorious. Three positive adjectives to describe how it will be like when He comes. And now that we know what is to come, what do we do? How do we respond? Our pastor suggests three things as well.
1. Have a sense of anticipation; not fear. With all the stories that we hear and read, most of us think that situations are only going to get worse as it comes near but no, our pastor argues that they are going to get a lot better.
2. Have a sense of urgency; for He will come at a time nobody knows.
“So you must be ready, the son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:44
“Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” Mark 13:33
As you anticipate His coming, be in the business of becoming a witness. Reach out to people. Share the gospel. Introduce people to Jesus. You see, the judgement of believers are different from those who are not.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed.” Romans 1:16-17
3. Have a sense of worship.
Bow down to His feet. Raise your hands up. Please Him. Glorify Him. He’s great and glorious. Give Him what is due Him.
If you used to picture the second coming with fear just like me, I hope that after reading this, you’re now imagining it differently. And oh, let me leave you with a song from MercyMe aptly titled “I can only imagine”. 🙂