jesus-in-light-large.jpgA lot of people today get way off track when talking about the End Times. But I’m not so interested today in how Jesus is coming back, but why.

All the millennial schemes wind up in the same place. New heavens, new earth. Interestingly enough, none of the historic creeds of the church, not even our own Baptist faith and message nail you down to one of the scenarios. That’s why you can have Baptists that disagree, even within the same church. It’s not a test of fellowship. These scenarios make for good discussion and debate. But ultimately, we all agree that Jesus Christ is coming again, bodily, to judge the living and the dead and to bring about a new creation. Just how that plays out is up for discussion.

So, instead of looking too deeply into the “how” Jesus is coming back, I want us to jump ahead to the “Why” question. What is Jesus coming back for? What is the ultimate destiny of the world? What is our ultimate destiny?

2 Peter 3:1-7 starts off with people scoffing at the Christian claim that Jesus will return. And this was two thousand years ago! People were saying, “Where is your Lord? Where is Jesus? If Jesus is reigning, why can’t we see him?”

Try to proclaim the Gospel today. Just tell people that “Jesus is Lord,” and people are going to say, “Well it sure doesn’t look like it.” After all, there are wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, child abuse, murders, divorce… our world is falling apart, so it seems. If Jesus were truly Lord, why wouldn’t He intervene and stop the mess sooner?

Peter compares the End Times with The Flood. He reminds us of the Old Testament account of the world being deluged with water, before a new creation could emerge. Old creation was swept away. New creation came once the waters receded. Peter says that at the end of time, a similar event will take place, but this time with fire. So why hasn’t this happened yet? Why hasn’t God purged the world with fire like he promised?

The reason Jesus hasn’t come back yet is that he is giving people more time to repent. Peter says, “God’s wrath is coming. God is going to judge this world. Jesus is King and one day, He will be revealed.”

WHY IS JESUS COMING BACK?
1. To Judge Everyone in the World, Living and Dead

Jesus is coming back to set the world right, to restore Creation to its original intention. The reason it has been almost 2000 years is because God is giving people a chance to repent, to turn from their sins and to trust Him, thus escaping the coming wrath.

It wouldn’t be right for God not to come in judgment to our world. Our world needs to be judged! What would we think of a judge who never punished criminals? But God’s judgment is not a fire of destroying judgment that will obliterate everyone and everything. It’s the type of judgment that comes from justice, where things are restored. Our world is put back on track. Injustice is righted.

Sometimes, God goes ahead and does this here and now.

God doesn’t just make justice. He floods the world with Justice. He already does it in the present sometimes. We await the time when he will do it in the future. Crime will be punished. The wicked will pay. The righteous will be vindicated. Good deeds will be rewarded. We crave this! Even now, we crave for things to be made right. That day is coming. That is what Jesus is coming back for.

WHY IS JESUS COMING BACK?
2. To Bring New Heavens and New Earth

This is what we are waiting for. A new world. The hippie’s 60′s song went like this:
 ”There’s a new world coming and it’s just around the bend. There’s a new world coming; this one’s coming to an end. There’s a new world coming, the one that we’ve had visions of… coming in peace, coming in joy, coming in love.”

The hippies of the sixties thought that the new world that was coming was going to be through free sex, drugs and rock and roll. But the world that actually came was filled with divorce, torn families, custody battles, addiction, rehab, and violence.

People who worship technology think that a new world is coming, with the invention of the internet, faster communications, and television. But what is actually appearing is isolation, pornography, segregation based on age group and entertainment choices.

People who worship the American way of life think that a new world is coming, in which all societies will be like ours. But what is actually happening is that the world is growing increasingly dangerous, as more and more tension takes place between segments in American society, not to mention threats from terrorists and other hostile countries.

But we worship God – the Just God, the Good Creator who made this world, who will restore this world, who will recreate this world. We know that our thirst for justice will only be quenched by an act of God at the end of history, and that is why Jesus is coming back. To bring new heavens and new earth.

Peter speaks very strongly about the wrath to come. In order for justice to take place, for wrongs to be righted, sin to be punished, and the world to be renewed, the fiery wrath of God must take place. It’s like chemotherapy for cancer treatment. You basically kill the body so you can kill the cancer. The world will have to be almost destroyed before it can be renewed, and we share our part of the blame. When God’s wrath comes upon this world, it will come upon human beings too.

We are part of the problem. If God were to execute justice, we’d all be condemned because we have done our fair share of injustice, sin, and we have caused disintegration in this world. So, how can we escape that Day of Wrath?

This brings us back to the whole reason Jesus came, lived, died, rose, left, and is coming again. To save us.

A story is told of a barnyard, where there was a hen with several little chickens. One night, a lamp in the barn fell to the ground and lit the hay on fire. As the fire raged throughout the house, all the animals were killed. The next morning, as the farmers were going through the rubble, they found the crusty, shell of that hen, and when they opened her wings, they saw all her baby chicks under her wings. She had shielded them from the fire, and had given her own life in the process.

When the day of wrath comes, make sure you’re found under the wings of Jesus. Let his goodness cover your badness. Let his death on the cross be in place of your death. Let his resurrection life be your promise of eternal life. Let his wings shield you from the wrath to come. And let your good deeds, done today in this present life, be the seeds of the new world that will be born. After the earth is scorched and this old world passes away, may what we have done in this life be the foundation for the life to come. When that Day comes, we won’t have to wait any longer. We will be citizens of the new heavens and the new earth, the place in which justice dwells.

written by Trevin Wax  © 2007 Kingdom People blog

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17 thoughts on “Two Reasons Jesus is Coming Again”

  1. Reminiscence says:

    How is God and his son Jesus loving beings again?

    In the words of Richard Dawkins:

    “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

    Jesus might be a little better than his sadistic father. But why would they change to our superior moral ways anyway? They’re gods, they can do whatever they want. If they don’t change from how they are perceived in the un-holy bible, then not one person would go to heaven, (given the retarded rules that ancient book has) which is a good thing, because who wants to hang out with those jackasses anyway?

    Btw I feel sorry for Christians, seems more by the day that you’re only following this silly ideology because you’re scared of HELL.

    Well luckily your story is but just that, a story.

    Keep it unreal…

    “Peacefully they will die, peacefully they will expire in your name, and beyond the grave they will find only death. But we will keep the secret, and for their own happiness we will entice them with a heavenly and eternal reward.” — The Grand Inquisitor to his “saviour” in The Brothers Karamazov

  2. Rosamund Wells says:

    I would like to use the image you have on this page (Jesus in Light) on a poster for a performance by our school choir of St John Passion by J S Bach. Do you own the rights to it or is it in the public domain? I have seen it on another website, but that was in Greek and as I don’t speak Greek it seems easier to ask you!

    With many thanks
    Best wishes
    Rosamund Wells
    Concerts Administrator, Oakham School, Rutland, UK

  3. trevinwax says:

    I do not own the rights. I assume it is in the public domain, as it can be found on several websites. I’m not sure what the copyright laws are for this sort of artwork – whether or not they can be put on posters or not.

    I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

  4. Love this post. Amen and Amen.

  5. MercY says:

    Jesus is coming our Lord Gd Amighty will come very very very very very very soon………. we are now in the millenium i suggest you all read the bible to see what ill come and to see what you can do to be with the lord christian (like myself) read the bible to get knowledge on God to see what he has done and what he will do we read to know the Holy Bible tells all Read the Bible know god repent your sins because he is comeing to take us believers to the wonderful,filled with gold,no pain,sorrow,war palace some day and i dont want anyone to suffer for eternally in the Gates of Hell with Satan the fallen angle aka Lusifer get with Jesus …….May God Bless Forever More love all mercy

  6. renon says:

    pray for me,i m excepted jesus but my family not yet believe in jesus ……….. praise the lord

  7. subha says:

    am waiting for jesus 2 coming am proud to be his daughter

  8. Mich. says:

    AMEN!!! Jesus is coming soon!So doubt about that. I highlt recomment everybody to read the book “Heaven is so real” by Choo Thomas. This is a book that will change your live, you will be able to see about some of the things that awaits for us in our heavenly place, “HEAVEN”!!!! Our God is such a loving God, all he wants from us is to love him and live a holy and pure life. Jesus is the only way to for live in heaven, and living a pure and holy life is surely something that we should all practice in order to be ready to live with our Lord in heaven for all eternally. God bless you all and keep the your faith strong, because He is coming, and much sooner than we think!!!

  9. lorri phonsavanh says:

    I am not at all afraid of Hell. Your description of God, to some extent, fit me pretty well before I became a believer. My relationship with Christ rescued me out of that. God is not only love. He is just. I think you are preceiving his justice out of context. Have you ever read the Bible? Reading the quotes of others is not the same thing.

  10. Shawn says:

    Reminiscence;
    I am sad to read your negative comments and beliefs about the Lord. I can only hope and pray that you will have a change of heart very soon. I can tell you from experience that having the Lord in your life changes everything. Things that was once dark are now lighter. You begin to enjoy things and appreciate things you never did before. The love inside of you grows deeper and deeper because God is love. He loved us so much he gave his life so our sins would be forgiven. He done this even for you. You seem like a very intelligent person so I ask you, Please pick up the bible and read. The word is the truth. There are things in the bible that were foretold that have happend,I feel as though deep down you know that. There have been beautiful miracles during biblical times and now. The Lord is the same now as he was then he never changes. So again I ask you to use your intelligence and read the bible and say a prayer,I promise the Lord will hear you, just give it a try. I also promise you will not experience no love like our Lords. I to will be praying for you…..:>)

  11. Charles says:

    Reminiscence,

    I am also sad to read your negative comments about our lord!. When you Experience the Love of our Lord. You will be knowing about the true love of our lord. I to will be praying for you.

  12. Albert says:

    with your permission i would like toshare this message with my people.i deem it awesome. thanks for the information,the message.

  13. Dave says:

    God sent His Son. We didn’t recognize Him the first time. Thank God He came the first time a Lamb and the second time He will come a Lion! Be alert for you do not know the day or the hour.

  14. mary morais says:

    PRAISE THE LORD!!THANK YOU FOR WRITTING THE GOOD NEWS OF GOD.WE ALL KNOWS THAT JESUS IS COMING BACK AGAIN BUT WE DONT WHEN EXACTLY IT IS HAPPEN,WE ALL SHOULD DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO SO THAT WE WILL BE WITH HIM.AMEN AND GOD BLESS US

  15. patricia says:

    What a priveldge and honour to be called Your Child.

  16. I Thessalonians 4: 16,17..

    For the Lord Himself shall descend from
    heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
    archangel, and with the trump of God: and
    the dead in Christ shalla reise first; Then
    we who are alive and remain shall be caught
    up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air
    and so shall we ever be with the Lord…

  17. Gcoh65 says:

    On what basis will the good and the bad be arbitrated? If we take the bible as a guide then we are confused: there are so many contradictory ideas of morality, and so many moral judgements that seem inappropriate for our modern society. For example, should a woman be obedient to her husband and respect the sanctity of the marriage vows if she is subject to bad treatment by her husband? Will she go to hell for leaving him? And if good is defined as embracing Jesus, what about those unfortunate people born in countries without Christianity, to heathen faiths that blind them to the truth? Do they go to hell? It’s not their fault. And what about people in our own society, those who are born to awful poverty, deprivation and abuse? Many of these people grow up to do ‘bad’ deeds, but often they don’t have the social, emotional or intellectual capital to make sound judgements about right or wrong. God allows their suffering to occur, and then comes back to judge them for the consequences?

    The return of The Lord frightens me. Who is to know right from wrong? What is the guide? I know people will tell me it’s the bible, but the word of God has been altered and perverted by men along the way, and it contradicts itself in man places, so this cannot be out yardstick. I’m afraid that I can’t ever truly know.

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