Jesus Is Coming Again
Jesus stands in the center of the group, and pronounces a blessing upon them. He lifts his pierced hands, and while he is lifting them, he begins to rise from the earth. To their astonishment he has risen above them all. A cloud has taken him from their sight.
These disciples now must have heavenly promises that would reach out beyond Christ's moment of ascension in to the untried and dangerous future. These promises would not be lacking. They pierced their way into the consciousness of the disciples with fantastic force. They spoke peace to their hearts. They dispelled their gloom. They undergirded them for the struggle ahead.
The first promise is uttered by Christ. (Verses 4,8)
The second promise is the glorious declaration of the heavenly visitors. (Verse 11)
The two promises were related to the entire future. Specifically, they related to the period introduced by the day of Pentecost and concluded by the return of Jesus. Standing on these promises and availing herself of their power and inspiration, the early church marched forth to spiritual victories which should challenge believers today. We should desire to have such great victories in the name of our risen, ascended, and coming Lord Jesus.
Jesus rises above them. The disciples stand spellbound and suddenly a cloud takes him away. They are riveted to the spot. They were gazing as if to get another glimpse. They linger there for a long while. They continue to look upward.
It is not the Lord's will that they stand on that spot, waiting and inactive. Then, their looking is interrupted by two men (angels) in white apparel. "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?" No time was to be lost in mourning and regret. It was true that their Lord had vanished from their sight; but someday he would return; meanwhile, there was a work for them to do. The angels were telling them that they shouldn't be hanging around as if they had nothing to do. He still lives! He has given them a work to do until he comes. So, they were really saying "Therefore, go and do it!" They didn't have to be told twice. They went back to Jerusalem.
They would always be inspired by this blessed hope:
"This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
This same Jesus. He is not dead. He is gone up into his father's house
This same Jesus after many perfects (verb tense): begotten, conceived, born, suffered, crucified, dead, buried, rose again -
This same Jesus means a Saviour. It is he who opened the eyes of the blind and brought life out of death. He is still doing so today.
This same Jesus that cleansed the lepers is the same Jesus. He is able to save to the uttermost.
This same Jesus with the same tender love for guilty souls is still ready to receive all who will come to him by faith.
This same Jesus who was on earth is the same Jesus who rose from the grave, ascended to heaven, and it is this same Jesus who is coming back again!
We are expecting him to return. He could come back at any time! He will be the same Jesus.
The promise of his return (verse 11) is beyond any words we could ever say to describe that great event. The angelic visitors are saying that at a point in time and place, Jesus will again break from that other world into this world of time and history The angels tell us that Christ's return is certain. We can count on it! "This same Jesus will come back again." He will step back again into visibility. Suddenly! He will be back!
All the truths that are in the Gospels: the reality of heaven, God, the soul eternal life, the cross, the resurrection, the ascension -
Of all the momentous events enacted on the stage of this world from creation onwards, the most remarkable and glorious event is yet to come.
"Behold, he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him."
"They shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
"The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. With the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God." I Thessalonians. 4:16
When the bible speaks of Christ's coming again in power and glory, it is made plain that this coming will be greatly different from his coming as the babe in Bethlehem's manger. On that occasion he came in humility. When he comes again, he will come in glory.
He will come in just the same way as you have watched him go into heaven. How did he go? Visible! When he comes again, it will be just the same way.
He departed visibly.
He shall return visibly.
He went to heaven. He shall come from heaven.
He went away bodily. He shall return bodily.
At the end of this age there will be a visible, bodily return of our Lord. So, this passage brings us face to face with the certainty of Christ's coming again.
We must not speculate when it will happen. We must not speculate how it will happen. This would be both foolish and useless. Jesus, himself, said that only the father in heaven knows those things. The coming again of Jesus is not a matter for speculation or for idle curiosity. Christians are to expect the return of Christ. But we disobey his command when we try to predict the time of his return. It is unfortunate when preoccupation with his return renders secondary the sense of his presence. The Lord may not come back for another thousand years, but he is here now, and I am going to see him long before that. Every Christian will see him as they leave this earth because when we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. We are only a heart-
Jesus is coming again!
That fact is a summons for us to make ourselves ready for that day when he comes! It can be at any time! This should be a constant influence to our inner spiritual life.
We should be inspired to holy living -
This hope should exhort us to patience -
We should be ever watchful -
We are to "love" his appearing, and live in the light of it -
We are to "wait and watch" for his coming -
We are not to wait in idleness -
We are to "occupy" or "do business" till he comes.
This truth will not turn us into mere visionaries, but will stir us to more zealous service for our master. He may come at any time, so we must be ready!
Jesus Will Come Again!
So why do we stand gazing... We must get to work!
We must witness. We must tell the sweet story of Jesus everywhere we go. We must teach. We must give. We must daily consecrate ourselves to the Lord. We must live wholly and completely for the Lord. Be ready to meet him!
If Jesus were to come today, what will he find you doing?
We must do what Jesus has empowered us to do. We are to be his witnesses! The Saviour who loves me and suffered the loss of heavenly glory to die on the cross, the babe of the manger, though born without stain. This Jesus is coming!
The saints will be with him, O heavenly bliss! How tearful the parting from faces we miss! But clouds are descending and we who remain are caught up to meet them with Jesus again!
O hearts that are weary, and sinful, and sad, we carry the tidings that make us so glad; we publish the Saviour o'er mountain and plain; the Lord who redeemed us is coming again!
Jesus is coming, he is coming again! My heart is so happy my soul is so glad, For Jesus is coming again!
Ready to go, ready to bear, ready to watch and pray; ready to stand aside and give till he shall clear the way.
Ready to speak ready to warn, ready o'er souls to yearn; ready in life, ready in death, ready for his return!
THREE OF THE REASONS WHY I BEIIEVE JESUS IS SOON COMING:
2: DISINTEGRATION OF CHRISTIAN LOVE:
3: ACCEPTING THAT WHICH IS FALSE:
AND WHILE THEY LOOKED STEADFASTLY TOWARDS HEAVEN AS HE WENT UP, BEHOLD, TWO MEN STOOD BY THEM IN WHITE APPAREL. WHICH ALSO SAID: YE MEN OF GALILEE, WHY STAND YE GAZING UP INTO HEAVEN? THIS SAME JESUS, WHICH IS TAKEN UP FROM YOU INTO HEAVEN, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER AS YE HAVE SEEN HIM GO INTO HEAVEN.
IT IS A FACT: JESUS IS COMING BACK FOR HIS CHURCH:
THE BIBLE GIVES AMPLE PROOF, THAT HE WILL COME AGAIN:
THE BIBLE AISO GIVES US SIGNS OF HIS COMING.
IT DOES NOT TELL US WHEN HE WILL COME.
BUT IT TELLS US WHAT THINGS TO LOOK FOR TO KNOW THAT HIS COMING IS NEAR:
1 TIMOTHY 4:1
NOW THE SPIRIT SPEAKETH EXPRESSLY, THAT IS THE LATTER
SEDUCING SPIRITS, AND DOCTRINES OF DEVILS.
APOSTASY IS A RENEGADE -
IT IS A DESERTION OF MORALS -
IT IS GOING BACK FROM WHAT ONE ONCED BELIEVED:
JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 24:42-
WATCH THEREFORE, FOR YE KNOW NOT WHAT HOUR YOUR LORD DOTH COME. BUT KNOW THIS, THAT IF THE GOODMAN OF THE HOUSE HAD KNOWN IN WHAT WATCH THE THIEF WOULD COME, HE WOULD HAVE WATCHED, AND WOULD NOT HAVE SUFFERED HIS HOUSE TO BE BROKEN UP. THEREFORE BE YE AISO READY, FOR IN SUCH AN HOUR. AS YOU THINK NOT THE SON OF MAN COMETH.
BUT AND IF THAT EVIL SERVANT SHALL SAY IN HIS HEART, MY LORD DELAYETH HIS COMING. AND BEGIN TO SMITE HIS FELIOWSERVANTS, AND TO EAT AND DRTNK WTTH THE DRUNKEN; THE LORD OF THAT SERVANT SHALL COME IN A DAY WHEN HE LOOKETH NOT FOR HIM AND IN AN HOUR THAT HE IS NOT AWARE OF. AND SHALL CUT HIM ASUNDER AND APPOINT HIM HIS PORTION WITH HYPOCRITES: THERE SHALL BE WEEPTNG AND GNASHING OF TEETH.
HERE ARE WARNINGS OF:
NOT LOOKING FOR JESUS TO COME:
LETTING DOWN ON HOLY LIVING:
A: THERE WILL BE NO GENERAL NOTIFICATION OF HIS COMING:
1: SO THE WORD FOR US IS: WATCH:
2: WATCHING AND EXPECTING WILL KEEP THE CHRISTIAN FROM BEING OVERTAKEN BY TEMPTATION:
B: THE WARNING IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO LET DOWN AND LIVE A LOOSE LIFE:
PAUL WARNS IN 2 THESSALONIANS 2:3
LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS: FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST:
IN TIMOTHY HE WARNS:
IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES WILL COME:
1. MEN WILL BE LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES:
2. THEY WILL BE UNTHANKFUL:
3. THEY WILL BE UNHOLY:
4. LOVERS OF PLEASURE MORE THAN LOVERS OF GOD:
5: THEY WILL HAVE A FORM OF GODLINESS:
WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME OF REBELLION.
PEOPLE ARE AGAINST THE LAW:
THEY ARE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT:
THEY ARE AGAINST GOD'S WORD:
BEHOLD, THE DAYS COME, SAITH THE LORD GOD, THAT I WILL SEND A FAMINE IN THE LAND, NOT A FAMINE OF BREAD, NOR A THIRST FOR WATER, BUT OF HEARING THE WORDS OF THE LORD:
AND THEY SHALL WANDER FROM SEA TO SEA, AND FROM THE NORTH EVEN TO THE EAST, THEY SHALL RUN TO AND FRO TO SEEK THE WORD OF THE LORD, AND SHALL NOT FIND IT.
1: THE SHORTAGE IS NOT GOD'S WORD GOING FORTH. BUT THE HEARING OF THE WORD OF GOD:
2: WE ARE LIVING IN A TTME OF DO AS YOU PLEASE. IF IT FEELS GOOD, DO IT, ATTITUDE.
PAUL SAID: THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE:
IN THE LAST DAYS SCOFFERS WILL COME, WAIKING AFTER THEIR OWN LUST.
C: THE SECOND SIGN IS THE DISINTEGRATION OF CHRISTIAN LOVE: THIS COMES BECAUSE OF APOSTASY: AND BECAUSE INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND, THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD: MATTHEW 24:12
1 JOHN 4:20
IF A MAN SAY, I LOVE GOD, AND HATETH HIS BROTHER, HE TS A LIAR, FOR HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER WHOM HE HATH SEEN, HOW CAN HE LOVE GOD WHOM HE HATH NOT SEEN?
A: THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD IS SELFISHNESS:
B: THE FRUIT OF SELFISHNESS IS HATRED, AND JEALOUSIES.
C: THE FRUIT OF GENUINE CHRISTIAN LOVE IS; COMPASSION; CONCERN, AND SHARING.
JAMES SAYS: BELIEF IS NOT ENOUGH:
FAITH THAT SAVES REACHES OUT TO HELP AND TO BE KIND:
SAVING FAITH PRODUCES LOVE:
THOUGH I SPEAK WITH THE TONGUES OF MEN AND OF ANGELS, AND HAVE NOT CHARITY, (LOVE) I AM BECOME AS SOUNDING BRASS, OR A TINKLING CYMBAL.
1: IT IS NOT THOSE WHO PROFESS TO HAVE IT:
2: BUT THOSE WHO PRODUCE AND HAVE IT. IN ROMANS 12 PAUL SAYS: LET LOVE BE WITHOUT DISSIMULATION:
(WITHOUT PRETENSE) (NOT HID)
D: THE THIRD SIGN OF CHRIST IS COMING IS:
ACCEPTING THAT WHICH IS FALSE
CHRIST WARNS THAT FALSE PROPHETS WILL COME:
FALSE CHRIST'S WILL COME:
FALSE DOCTRTNES WILL COME:
PAUL SAID TO THE GALATIANS:
O FOOLISH GALATIANS, WHO HATH BEWITCHED YOU, THAT YE SHOULD NOT OBEY THE TRUTH?
PAUL WARNS IN ACTS 20
I KNOW THIS:
AFTER I LEAVE GRIEVOUS WOLVES WILL COME INTO THE FLOCK:
AND MEN FROM WITHIN THE CHURCH WILL ARISE; SPEAKING PERVERSE THINGS, TO DRAW AWAY DISCIPLES AFTER THEM.
A: THE WARNING IS:
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
B: WE ARE TO TRY THE SPIRTTS, WHETHER THEY ARE OF GOD!
BECAUSE MANY FALSE PROPHETS ARE GONE OUT INTO THE WORLD:
WE NEED TO KNOW THE WORD OF GOD:
WE NEED TO KNOW THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES:
WE NEED TO KNOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD AND THE SPIRTT OF THE DEVIL, WHICH IS THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST:
I'M ANCHORED IN JESUS, I FEAR NO STORM OR WIND, I’M ANCHORED IN THE ROCK OF AGES.