Saturday, December 31, 2011

He is Coming Again!

The first appearance  of Jesus was a mission of humility and sacrifice. The second will be a mission  of triumph and transformation. He often described it as a groom returning for  His bride. The Church, He said, is "the bride of Christ." And what eager brides  we are!--eagerly awaiting our Lord to come take us home! According to 1 Thessalonians  4, He will break through the clouds with a great shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.

But  He must also come to judge the world. Jesus spoke several times of the final judgment,  when He would come to judge the living and the dead and to separate His faithful  children from those who refuse to follow Him.

He'll also return to establish  a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. How eagerly we're awaiting  His new universe with its shimmering capital city described in Revelation 21 and  22 as the New Jerusalem.

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