The Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Mark 13:14-47)

Dr Daryl Miller, September 25, 2016
Part of the We Preach Jesus Christ series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

SUNDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 25
Title: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Text: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:26).
Scripture Reading: Mark 13:14 - 47
Introduction
The second coming of Jesus Christ is the great event of the future. No other future event in the Bible is so anticipated and so universally loved as this great climactic event. It is our blessed hope. How bright this event is for the child of God who cherishes the glorious coming of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).
Alexander Maclaren said, “The apostolic church thought more about the second coming of Jesus Christ than about death or heaven. The early Christians were looking not for a cleft in the ground called a grave, but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. They were watching not for the undertaker but for the Uptaker” (quoted in Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Up-to-the-Minute Illustrations [Chicago: Moody, 1974], 178).
The Bible says, “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16). Sooner than we think, Jesus is coming again. Let us consider some of the great truths taught in the Bible concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ.
I. The second coming of Jesus Christ is a biblical truth recorded in the Bible.
The Bible teaches beyond question that Jesus Christ will return to earth (Matt. 16:27; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:23; 1 Thess. 4:16; 1 John 2:28; Rev. 1:7).
All writers in the New Testament, gospel and epistle, early and late, looked forward to the second coming of Jesus Christ. They believed that he is coming again because he said so (Matt. 16:27; 24:30). Also, angels said that he is coming again (Acts 1:11). John the beloved disciple (Rev. 1:7) and Paul the great missionary apostle said that he is coming again (1 Thess. 4:16).

II. The Bible teaches that the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ
is unknown.
A. The New Testament writers teach that the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ is unknown (Matt. 24:36; 25:13; Mark 13:32).
B. The New Testament writers had an attitude of constant expectancy toward the second coming of Jesus Christ. They felt his coming again was imminent (1 Cor. 15:51?–?52; 1 Thess. 4:17; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 5:7). Eagerness, longing, expectancy, and earnestness characterize the true Christian’s attitude toward the second coming of Jesus Christ.
III. The manner of the second coming of Jesus Christ is revealed in the Bible.
A. Visible.
1. Every eye shall see him (Matt. 24:26?–?27; Rev. 1:7).
2. Every ear shall hear him (John 5:28?–?29).
B. Personal (Acts 1:11).
C. Sudden and unexpected (Matt. 24:27, 42, 44; Mark 13:35?–?36; Luke 17:24).
D. Glorious.
1. With a shout (1 Thess. 4:16).
2. With power and great glory (Matt. 24:30).
3. With a glorious appearance (Titus 2:13).
E. Transforming (Phil. 3:20?–?21; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 4:13?–?17).
F. With his saints (1 Thess. 3:13; 2 Thess. 1:7?–?10; Jude 14).
Jesus came the first time in lowliness. He will come the second time in power and dignity. He came the first time in poverty; he will come the second time in wealth. He came the first time in weakness; he will come the second time in strength. He came the first time in humiliation; he will come the second time in exaltation.
IV. The meaning of the second coming of Jesus Christ is set forth clearly in the Bible.
A. The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a time of revelation
(1 Tim. 6:13?–?15; 1 Peter 4:13).
B. The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a time of reigning
(Matt. 25:31; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 5:10; 20:4).
C. The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a time of resurrection
(John 5:28?–?29; 1 Cor. 15:51?–?54; 1 Thess. 4:13?–?17).
D. The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a time to receive his people (Matt. 24:31; John 14:1?–?3; 1 Thess. 4:14?–?17).
E. The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a time of rejection
(Matt. 25:41, 44).
F. The second coming of Jesus Christ will be a time of reward (2 Tim. 4:8).

V. The Bible declares what our attitude should be toward the second coming of Jesus Christ.
A. Watchfulness (Mark 13:33?–?37).
B. Prayerfulness (Mark 13:33).
C. Purity, holiness (2 Peter 3:10?–?11; 1 John 3:3).
D. Diligence (2 Peter 3:14).
E. Sincerity (Phil. 1:10).
F. Readiness (Matt. 24:44).
G. Usefulness (1 Thess. 1:9?–?10).

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