“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” -Revelation 22:20
Happy New Year’s Eve! On Christmas Eve, my family and I went to a Christmas Eve service (at 11 at night, no less!), and the sermon topic really caught my attention. It was all about the return of Christ, when He will come to rule the world.
The pastor brought up several differences between Christ’s first and second comings, and thinking about it got me really excited! He is coming again, and it won’t be like the first coming.
When He came the first time, few people in the area He was born in knew about it at the time (Luke 2). When He comes again, no one in the whole world will miss Him (Matthew 24:27).
When He came the first time, He came to mercifully provide a way of salvation to those who believed in Him (John 3:16-17). When He comes the second time, it will be as a righteous judge of the world (Revelation 19:11-16, Jude 1:14-15).
When Christ came the first time, it was as a lamb (John 1:29, 36). When He comes again, it will be as a lion (Revelation 5:5).
When He came the first time, He came as a humble baby boy born in a dirty manger (Philippians 2:7, Luke 2:7). When He comes the second time, He will come as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:6).
When He came the first time, Jesus rode a donkey– a sign of peace (John 12:14-15). When He comes again, it will be on a powerful horse– a sign of war (Revelation 19:11).
When He came the first time, He was crucified, spat upon, beaten, and forced to wear a crown of thorns (Mark 15). When Jesus comes again the second time, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Jesus Christ, Lord of all (Philippians 2:9-11).
How cool! It was really neat for me to see the contrasts and imagery between the first and second comings. He is coming!
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!