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The Blessed Hope

August 10th, 2012

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.

Revelation 1:7

To the Christian this is wonderful news, the blessed hope! We look forward to His coming. We do not fear His judgment because we know that He has already judged our sins on the cross. He Himself has already paid the price and we stand in grace.

Early American pioneers traveled west in wagon trains. Upon one occasion, after crossing a river and entering into prairie grasslands, a wagon train faced a grass fire blown by the wind and coming their way. The fire was moving too fast for them to return to the river before it would reach them, and there was seemingly no escape. But they knew what to do. They set fire to the grassland they had just passed over and let the wind push that flame along, devouring the turf. Then with a large section of the grass already burned, the entire wagon simply moved onto the area where the fire had already fallen. With nothing else for fire to devour the flames did not harm them.

In Christ we stand where the fire of judgment has already fallen, and we are saved from the wrath of God by His grace. So we welcome His return, and love Him all the more for taking our sins upon Himself.

But to the unbelieving world the return of Christ will be different. The reference to the piercing of Christ refers to the cross – the last time an unbelieving world looked upon the body of Jesus of Nazareth. His post resurrection appearances were always to believers, never to non-believers. And the unbelievers in the world have forgotten about Christ or tried to.

But His return will draw out mourning from them because of the fearful realization that they have not believed in Him. The values of the unbelieving world are based on the lust and pride that resides in our old human nature. On that day the world will realize how empty they are, how vain their hopes, how misdirected their purposes, and how wrong their assessment of Jesus of Nazareth.

But today is not too late. Today anyone who hears the gospel can believe in Christ. Today is the day of salvation, even for you. Believe in Him who was pierced for your sins; trust in His death and in His resurrection and you will also rejoice in His coming and in His life daily.

Second Coming of Christ