Christ Coming Again: Return of Jesus into Our World

Christ Coming Again: Return of Jesus into Our World

Christ Coming Again: Return of Jesus into Our World


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There is mystery in Christ coming again. There is no mystery in the fact that Christ is coming again. A few hours before his death, Jesus told his disciples that he was going to have to leave them. Then, he said, “I will come again.” (John 14:3). When Jesus was taken up into the heavens by the Father, two men in white apparel told the disciples who were witnessing the ascension, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall come again in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).

Christ coming again is found throughout the Bible.

Christ coming again, what is sometimes erroneously called the second coming of Christ, is probably the most dominant theme in the New Testament. Especially, if importance is measured by the number of times a subject is mentioned in the Scriptures. Christ coming again is mentioned over 300 times. The expectancy of Christ coming again is found in every letter and book of the New Testament.

Peter wrote, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:7). James inscribed, “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:7-8). Paul recorded, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23). John penned, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 John 2:28). Jude communicated, “Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints” (Jude 1:14). Finally, the Bible closes it record with, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).

Jesus himself talked of his return: “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2,3). He added, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:18). Finally, He stated, “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you” (John 14:28).

Christ coming again brings hope, joy, and a crown of rejoicing.

When Paul was asked about people who had physically died and were in the grave (1 Cor. 15:18), he gave a powerful discourse on the hope and the assurance that those believers would experience life again. His assurance of their life to come was the simple fact that he had experienced life out of death many times in the present earthly life.

Paul had been moved from experiencing life in the fleshly realm to experiencing life in the spiritual realm. He had been delivered from the life of the earth to experience the life of heaven. He had been snatched away from the mortality of his flesh to meet Jesus in the air, to meet the immortal Jesus in the heavenly realm.  Christ coming again, once again, had been experienced.

Although still in the world, he was no longer of the world. Jesus Christ was now being manifested in his life. He had experienced life after death. He knew he would experience it again.  He knew Christ coming again would occur again and again.

For example, when Paul was in Athens because he had been forced to leave Thessalonica by envious nonbelievers, he wrote back to the Thessalonians and raised a penetrating question (1 Thess. 2:19,20). In the midst of persecution and affliction, he ask them, “what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?” He answered the question for them: “Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”

Then, simply stated, “For ye are our glory and joy.” Experiencing the manifestation of Jesus Christ in their relationship, the nearness of Christ had produced such glory that in the midst of the afflictions Paul was experiencing hope and joy. Is it any wonder then that the early followers continually lived in the expectancy of Jesus returning? Christ coming again and again every time there was a need for the nearness of Jesus to be experienced?

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