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9 REASONS FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST (PART2)

Point 5:- The corruption of the world demands it

 

It is amazing in what a mess this world is. Personally, I believe it will get worse and worse, because of the heart of man without Christ. Remember that we saw under our series on the New Birth a short while ago that the natural man is dead, deviant, demonized, disobedient, deranged and damned and his mind is hostile towards God. It is true that when we experience chaos, or wars or natural catastrophes of note that we normally anticipate the coming of Christ soon as our only hope and salvation. But these things have always been and will always be. It is however true that our only deliverance will be the Parousia, the coming of the Lord.

 

John 5:25-29 (ESV) 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”

 

Titus 2:13 (ESV) 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,”

Jude 14-15 (ESV) 14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 (ESV) “7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 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. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.”

 

Revelation 19:11-16 (ESV) 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

Point 6:- The future of Israel demands it

 

Zechariah 12:10 (ESV) 10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”

 

Zechariah 13:1 (ESV) 1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.”

Romans 11:25-27 (ESV) 25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; 27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”

 

Point 7:- The vindication of Christ demands it

 

It is inconceivable that the last public appearance of Christ would be bleeding, dying, crucified as a criminal, covered with blood, hanging naked in Jerusalem. Revelation 1:7 (ESV) “7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.”

 

Some scripture sections put the humiliation and glorification alongside one another.

Psalm 22:16-18 (ESV) 16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— 17 I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; 18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots,” and then Psalm 22:27-28 (ESV) “27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. 28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”

 

Jesus talks about His glorification in the midst of His humiliation: -

 

Matthew 26:67-68 (ESV) 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” and then Matthew 26:63-64 (ESV) “63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

 

Luke 21:25-27 (ESV) 25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

 

Point 8:- The destruction of Satan demands it

 

Satan has to be vanquished. Christ talks about Satan as the ruler of this world:

 

He is called the God of this world. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (ESV) 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

He is called the prince of power. Ephesians 2:2 (ESV) 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—"

The whole world is under his sway. 1 John 5:19 (ESV) 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

But, we need to understand that Christ is the only ruler of this world and according to Revelation 20, Satan is finally dealt with completely.

 

Point 9:- The hope of the Saints demands it

 

One of the most exciting times for many people is when they will see a hero face to face. In spite of seeing a sport star on TV or at a stadium, any opportunity to get closer to them or touch them is of great importance. Only His glorious triumphant return can fulfil the hopes of the saints. He knows what we are waiting for; He knows the hope of our hearts.

 

1 Peter 1:7 (ESV) 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

 

1 Thessalonians 1:4-7 (ESV) 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.”

 

2 Timothy 4:8 (ESV) 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

 

1 John 3:2-3 (ESV) 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”

 

We are taught to look out for it, to long for it and to prepare for it. We are not called to stop doing what we are doing and wait for the return, it should direct our hearts towards Christ, whose coming we await. Job said, "I know that my Redeemer lives, and though worms devour this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:" that was his desire.

The Psalmist said, "I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness;" "I shall behold your face in righteousness." Listen to John’s words “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. “

 

Many would have like to see Christ as He was, but what a privilege to know that I will see Him as He is. How often haven’t we wished to see the babe that slept in Bethlehem! How earnestly have we desired to see the man who talked with the woman at the well! How frequently have we wished that we might see the blessed Physician walking amongst the sick and dying, giving life with his touch, and healing with his breath! We cannot, must not, see him as he was; nor do we wish, for we have a larger promise, "We shall see him as he is."

”Consider, first of all, that we shall not see him abased in his incarnation, but exalted in his glory. We are not to see a baby; we are not to admire the youthful boy; we are not to address the incipient man; we are not to pity the man wiping the hot sweat from his burning brow; we are not to behold him shivering in the midnight air; we are not to behold him subject to pains, and weaknesses, and sorrows, and infirmities like ours. We are not to see the eye wearied by sleep; we are not to behold hands tired in labour; we are not to behold feet bleeding with arduous journeys, too long for their strength. We are not to see him with his soul distressed; we are not to behold him abased and sorrowful. Oh! the sight is better still.

We are to see him exalted. We shall see the head, but not with its thorny crown. "The head that once was crowned with thorns, is crowned with glory now." We shall see the hand, and the nail-prints too, but not the nail; it has been once drawn out, and for ever. We shall see his side, and its pierced wound too, but the blood shall not issue from it. We shall see him not with a servant’s garb around him, but with the empire of the universe upon his shoulders. We shall see him, not with a reed in his hand, but grasping a golden sceptre. We shall see him, not as mocked and spit upon and insulted, not bone of our bone, in all our agonies, afflictions, and distresses; but we shall see him exalted; no longer Christ the man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, but Christ the Man-God, radiant with splendour, clothed with light, clothed with rainbows, girded with clouds, wrapped in lightnings, crowned with stars, the sun beneath his feet.

Remember again: we are not to see Christ as he was, the despised, the tempted one. We shall never see Christ sitting in the wilderness, while the arch-traitor says to him, "If you be the Son of God command that these stones be made bread." We shall not see him mocked by Pharisees, tempted by Sadducees, laughed at by Herodians. We shall not behold him with the finger of scorn pointed at him. We shall never see him called a "drunken man, and a wine-bibber." We shall never see the insulted, the molested, the despised Jesus. He will not be seen as one from whom we shall hide our faces, who "was despised, and we esteemed him not."

Never shall these eyes see those blessed cheeks dripping with the spittle; never shall these hands touch that blessed hand of his while stained with infamy. We shall not see him despised of men and oppressed;

 

but "we shall see him as he is."

 

We shall not see Christ wrestling with pain, but Christ as a conqueror. We shall never see him as when he stood foot to foot with his enemy: but we shall see him when his enemy is beneath his feet. We shall never see him as the bloody sweat streams from his whole body; but we shall see him as he has all things put under him, and has conquered hell itself

Yet again. We shall never see our Saviour under his Father's displeasure; but we shall see him honoured by his Father's smile. The darkest hour of Christ's life was when his Father forsook him—that gloomy hour when his Father's remorseless hand held the cup to his Son's own lips, and bitter though it was said to him, "Drink my Son—ay, drink;" and when the quivering Saviour, for a moment, having man within him—strong in its agonies for the moment, said, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." Oh! it was a dark moment when the Father's ears were deaf to his Son's petitions, when the Father's eyes were closed upon his Son's agonies. "My Father," said the Son, "Can’t you let this cup pass from me? Is there no way else for severe justice? Is there no other medium for man's salvation?"

There was none darker moment for Christ than when He cried out! "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

But what will we see? You will see Christ reflecting the Glory of the Father and His own. You will see him caressed by his beloved Parent; you will see him sitting at his Father's right hand, glorified and exalted for ever. "We shall see him as he is."

The sad fact is that not all will experience Christ in His Glory.

 

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church: 22 October 2017