Devotional

 

The Return

Path
We now come to the culmination of all redemptive history–the second coming of Jesus Christ. After history runs its sinister course–after the final period of man’s rebellion, Satan’s retaliation, and God’s judgment–the end of the world will come. But the end of this world will actually be the beginning of a new one.

Points
His Coming Is Anticipated by Prophecy (v. 10)

  • Christ’s second coming is mentioned 1,845 times in the Bible.
  • The second coming will fulfill the promises of:
    • Satan’s defeat (see Genesis 3:15)
    • The tribe of Judah’s restoration (see Genesis 49:8-12)
    • The culmination of the kingdom:
      • Son of David (see 2 Samuel 7)
      • Future kingdom (see Daniel 2:35-45)
      • Awaited rule: “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10)
    • The Messiah’s birth, life, and death: “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given” (Isaiah 9:6; see also Isaiah 53)
    • Judgment: “The Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 24:30)

His Coming Will Interrupt Hostility (vv. 11-21)

  • During His time on earth, Jesus viewed people with eyes of compassion; at the second coming, He will have eyes “like a flame of fire” (v. 12).
  • At His crucifixion, Jesus had a crown of thorns on His head; when He returns, He will come with many crowns of authority.
  • Jesus told Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36); Jesus will return with armies as the judge and conquering King.
  • Now, we think of Christ’s clothes stained with His own blood; when He returns, Jesus’ robe will be dipped in the blood of His enemies.

His Coming Will Be Seen Universally (vv. 11a, 17a, 19a)

  • Jesus ascended physically, visibly, and at the Mount of Olives (see Acts 1:11); His return will be the same.
  • “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7).

His Coming Results in Humility (vv. 11, 16)

  • Faithful and True: Jesus keeps His promises.
  • A name no one knows except Himself: no one has the right to name Him and usurp His authority.
  • King of Kings and Lord of Lords: His identity will be realized as He comes and “all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him” (Revelation 1:7).

His Coming Ushers in Tranquility (vv. 15-16)

  • Jesus Christ will ride a white horse of victory.
  • The purpose of prophecy isn’t to cause fear but to create faith.

Practice

Connect Up: Discuss the importance of Christ’s return. Why is it considered an essential belief for biblical Christianity?

Connect In: Knowing that Christ will return physically to this earth to rule and reign, what does that say about God’s created world?

Connect Out: Using the acronym KING as a model, consider ways you can reach out to people who don’t know Christ:

  • Keep it real.
  • Invite them to church.
  • Notice the details: if they’re in need, show them the love of Christ by helping.
  • Give them answers to their questions.

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