In the beginning God created everything. God created humans in His image so that we could know Him in a meaningful relationship. But man decided to disobey God and so sin entered our hearts and sin’s curse came upon the earth. Wonderfully, God had a plan.
God the Son came to earth over 2,000 years ago. He came to restore those who believe in Him into a right relationship with a Holy God. He died for our sins. He rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven. And from the heavens He has promised to come again.
When He comes again He will gather all those who believe in Him to Himself, punish all who have not believed in Him and restore all the earth from the effects of sin’s curse.
JESUS WILL RETURN
He will return in a time of great trials, unbelief, and wickedness. Read 2 Timothy 3:1-4. The follower of Jesus must remain faithful in a faithless time.
We should always be prepared for Jesus to return at any time. Matthew 24:42-44 tells us that, “… you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not >> 2 <<.”
JESUS WILL RETURN FOR HIS FOLLOWERS
Jesus is now preparing a place for us. John 14:1-3 says “… Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to >> 3 << a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will >> 4 << and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
Jesus will gather His followers to Himself. A great encouragement is found in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
JESUS WILL RETURN AS JUDGE AND KING
Read 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10.
The return of Christ will mean great comfort and blessing for those who believe in him and will bring great judgment on all who do not.
JESUS WILL RETURN TO COMPLETE OUR SALVATION.
He will give us glorified bodies and make us like Him. 1 John 3:2 (NIV) says “… we know that when Christ appears, we shall be >> 5 <<, for we shall see him as he is.”
He will bring glory and freedom from sin to all the earth. Read Romans 8:18-21.
His coming means joy for us and should be eagerly awaited. Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV) says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we >> 6 << await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…”
What emotions do you feel the most when you think of Christ returning, and why?
Read 2 Peter 3:11-12. How do you think you should prepare yourself for Christ’s return?
- same way, 2. prepare, 3. expect, 4. come again, 5. like him, 6. eagerly