Pastor Bill Meadows
March 19, 2014
“He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11). When Jesus first time came , He was repudiated by the Jews, rejected by His home town, and spurned by His family. He was persecuted by the religious leaders, betrayed by a friend, denied by another friend, deserted by His disciples and mocked by the masses. He had no place to lay His head. His only possession was a robe.
Jesus was born in a stable, raised in poverty, “ And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was not room for them in the in” (Luke 2:7).Jesus was nailed to a tree thirty three later and was buried in a borrowed tomb. Today, people would scoff at Him and ridicule Him. “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him coming to him, and offering him vinegar (Luke 23:35-36). Today His name is used as a curse word. That is not what He deserves!
It is going to be different when Jesus returns. The first time Jesus came as a gentle and helpless baby. He is going to return as a mighty warrior. He came the first time as a suffering lamb to die for the sins of the world, but He will return as a conquering lion who will pour out the wrath of God on those who have rejected the love, mercy and grace of God. His first coming was marked by compassion, humility, and a willingness to be judged and to die. He will return in triumph and in wrath to judge and make war against the enemies of God. He came the first time as a Servant; He is returning as a Monarch.
Jesus was humiliated in history. In all the books you read He is vindicated and glorified. And He will be because His Father has promised Him that He will reign over all the earth, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalms 2:7-9).
He has also been promised that He will manifest His glory before His saints. “For I know their works and their thought : it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory” (Isaiah 66:18). Paul says He is return, “When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day” (2 Thessalonians 1:10).
When Christ comes to earth with His Church, He will judge the wicked who will then be living on earth. They will suffer eternal hell for two reasons: they would not come to know God (willful ignorance, and they would not obey God. God commands men to repent” And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30). Rejecting Christ is disobedience. Of course the world will not be ready for Christ’s sudden return in judgment (Revelation 19:19:11-21) and it will catch men unawares. The order of events is: (1) The secret return of Christ in the air for the church; (2) the Day of the Lord begins on earth, “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you” (1 Thessalonians 5:1): (3) The rise of the Man judgment on living sinners and the binding of Satan for 1000 years”
Are you ready for the coming of the Lord? The word imminent means “ready to happen.” Nothing has to occur for the coming of the Lord, except the calling out of the last person who will be saved and complete the body of Christ. It our Lord did not return for us until the end of the Tribulation period, then we would know when He was coming; for the sequence, signs, and the times are all been spelled out in Revelation 6-19. Even Apostle John has the same attitude. He closed his book with the prayer, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
A lot of you who are reading this will know down in your heart you not ready for the coming. You can be today, ask the Lord to for give you of your sins and ask Jesus to come into your heart today.