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Jesus is Coming Again!

Jesus is Coming Again!

Jesus is alive; indeed, he is alive for evermore, and is now in heaven. God has given “all authority … in heaven and Jesus is Coming Soon!on earth” to him (Matthew 28:18). He is directing the angels as they guide the nations towards the great events that will at last bring the Kingdom of God to the earth and fill it with God’s glory.

Luke’s Gospel describes how Jesus was taken into heaven. Jesus led his disciples to the far side of the Mount of Olives, just out of sight of Jerusalem, “and he lifted up his hands and blessed them. Now it came to pass, while he blessed them, that he was parted from them and carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:50–52).

Christians call this the Ascension. But something else of importance happened then.

The Promise

In Luke’s second book, the Acts of the Apostles, he tells us what happened next:

And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10–12).

It follows that whilst Jesus has been in heaven ever since his ascension, he will return. He said so to his followers before his death when cataloguing the things that were to happen before his coming, saying:

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

Jesus said so again to the Jewish High Priest, at his trial:

“I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64).

Son of Man

This term ‘Son of Man’ was the way that Jesus usually referred to himself:  it stressed the truth that Jesus truly shared our weak nature, although he always overcame it. However it was not a designation Jesus made up. It comes from the books of Psalms and Daniel in the Old Testament. We looked briefly at Psalm 80 earlier in these studies. In it the writer admits that unaided human beings never solve the problems that human nature had created, and asks God to send “the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself” (Psalm 80:17). When Jesus called himself ‘the Son of Man’ he was telling everybody that he was the one made strong by God – God’s anointed King and Priest – the long-awaited Messiah.

In chapter 7 of his prophecy, Daniel describes a vision in which he saw four wild animals. It was a prophecy of the empires that would rule the Middle East from his lifetime onwards. Daniel saw a lion, followed by a bear, then a four-winged leopard, and finally a dreadful dragon-like creature that he could not find words to describe.

Then ‘one like a son of man’ appeared who took control away from the dragon and ruled the world in its place. To understand this properly, the whole of Daniel chapter 7 needs to be studied, but verse 27 gives us the conclusion:

Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him (Daniel 7:27).

This takes us further, for it tells us that when the Son of Man (the Lord Jesus) returns, he will not rule alone.

He will invite ‘the saints’ (that means all the men and women who have pleased him in their lives) to help him make this troubled earth into the Kingdom of God.

Jesus is Coming

The writings of Christ’s apostles are full of references to his return to the earth.

Here are a few examples.

The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and he will turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Romans 11:26);

Michelangelo's depiction of Christ's Coming and JudgementIn Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at his coming (1 Corinthians 15:22–23);

Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20);

When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:4);

❖In both of Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, the return of Jesus is mentioned in every chapter; and

❖The entire Bible ends like this: He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (Revelation 22:20–21)

By John Woodall