Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

JESUS CHRIST IS COMING

“Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.” – James 5:7.

Imagine for a moment that you are running an errand, and you drive by a local church that has a sign on their marquee that reads: “Jesus Christ is coming.” What would your thoughts be when you see it?  What message do you think the church is trying to convey? Is it meant to encourage those who pass by?  Was it designed to instill fear? Should we be afraid?

All too often, the fact that Jesus is coming is seen as a threat to scare sinners into thinking twice about their sins. But when did “Jesus is coming!” become more of a threat than a blessing?  “Jesus Christ is coming!” is the heart of the Gospel.  He lived, He died, He rose, He is coming back.  The Good News isn’t good news without that last part because life on this earth is as good as it gets without His return. To be clear, when Christ returns, He will come to judge every person who has lived on this earth. Acts 17:31 reads, “For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” But the bottom line is that Jesus’ coming is good news.

When Jesus returns, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain.  He will wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more abuse of children, no more trafficking of humans, and no more homelessness. Everyone will come to see and know that God truly is “…our merciful Father and the source of all comfort”  (2 Corinthians 1:3).

Isaiah 35:5-6 says, “And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!…” No injury or disability will be too difficult for the Creator  to heal. There will be no more fear and no more destruction.

All this will be only the beginning of a beautiful future beyond human imagination! Jesus Christ will establish the utopian world humanity has always longed for. “His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity” (Isaiah 9:7).

Heaven is our future home. That’s where our citizenship is; we’re only travelers on earth. A lifetime here will seem like a mere breath compared to our time in eternity. Whenever you read a Bible passage that describes some heavenly scene or activity, put yourself in the picture because that will be your reality if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. The pearly gates and the streets of gold are not just a fairy tale. You will one day walk through those gates, step on that street, and come face to face with Jesus.

And that is the best news ever.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What will happen when Jesus returns? How do you think the world will respond to this event?
  2. Read Titus 2:12-13: What does it mean to be “watching” for Christ’s return?  
  3. How should our lives be impacted by the knowledge that Jesus could return at any moment?

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