The Second Coming Will Not Be So Humble (Advent 16)

Jesus is returning in glory

Jesus’ first coming was so humble that “the world did not know him… and his own people did not receive him.” (John 1:10-11) He shared the weakness of all humanity. He experienced infancy, childhood, hard work, grief, betrayal, physical beating, bruising, bleeding, dying in pain. His second coming will not be so humble. Far from it.

Jesus himself said, “For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” (Matthew 16:27)

The first coming was the revealing of God in our midst, showing us how he could offer salvation, through faith in Jesus, not through anything we could possibly do. The second coming will be the consummation of the glory of the Son, when “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)

All history is heading towards that day “… when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at among all who have believed…” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

It will be an awful day for those who have rejected him, but a glorious day for those of us looking forward to the promise of seeing our Saviour, not in humility, but in all his almighty glory.

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