September 30, 2018
"Did Jesus Just Happen" (The Life of Christ)
"The Coming Again of Christ"
Jesus Christ is coming back to the earth a second time. He is not coming in humiliation, but in glory. He is not coming to let sinful man wreak their vengeance upon him, but to judge sinful man. He is coming that He might reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords so that He might manifest His sovereign authority throughout this earth. Before Him "Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." We delight to look beyond the Cross, beyond the empty tomb, beyond His present intercession and ministry in the heavens today, beyond it all to that day when He shall come to this earth and manifest the glory of God.
In John, Chapter 12, the Lord Jesus had taken His disciples apart into an upper room. It was His purpose to explain to them things that had taken place during their fellowship together and to reveal to them that which would take place shortly in order to prepare them for the future in view of His absence.
In John 13:21, the Lord said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." This was the announcement of His betrayal. In verse 32, He added: "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him." This was the announcements of His approaching death. These announcements brought forth Peter's question, "Lord whither goest thou?" To this Jesus replied, "whiter I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards." In this section of the discourse it is revealed, not only that Christ was going to die, but that He was going to be separated from the disciples, that physically they would not be with Him and would not see Him any longer. The result of this instruction was that the disciples were smitten with a severe spiritual heart attack. Because of this, the Lord Jesus had to say, "Let no your heart be troubled". There was every reason why their hearts should have been upset and disturbed, for the One who had been with them would not longer be with them. The one who provided for them was no longer to provide for them.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor