Coming of the Lord Christ Jesus

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You’re living during the time of the Lord Jesus….Imagine yourself back in that time, allow yourself to go there.

You’re standing in the crowd along with his disciples.  The Lord Jesus declares,

“I tell you the truth.  Some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of man coming in his Kingdom,” (Matthew 16:28) cp (Mark 9:1, Luke 9:27)

You think to yourself, “I may be alive to see the coming of the Lord Jesus and his kingdom!”

You and I are sitting with the disciples when they ask the Lord Jesus when the temple will be destroyed?  What is the sign of his coming at the end of the age?  The Lord Jesus proceeds to explain the events to take place, then proclaims,

“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” (Matthew 24:34) cp (Mark 13:30, Luke 21:32)

I’m thinking, “Jesus just said all of these events are going to happen during this living generation that I’m a part of.”

If we had a looking glass to see the future at that moment, we would then see that….indeed, less than 40 years later, a generation, the temple was destroyed, and the Lord Jesus executed his judgment on Israel in 70 AD, the end of the Old Covenant age.

Back to the our trip back to the time of Jesus….You’re listening to the High Priest, with the Chief Priest and Sanhedrin, accuse the Lord Jesus of all sorts of accusations.

The Lord Jesus responds that he is the Christ and that

“in the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of Heaven.” (Matthew 26:64) cp (Mark 14:62)

You’re thinking “The Lord Jesus just told the priests that some of them would witness the judgment and coming of Christ on the land of Israel.”

You then witness the Lord Jesus being put to death.  His words of his coming judgment echo in your mind.  You begin to think about how some will be alive in that generation, along with what Jesus said about how some of the priests would see the coming of the Lord Jesus, his judgment on Israel, destruction of the temple, and the end of the old covenant age.  You think to yourself “Will I be one of them?”

Imagine now that you are a member of the churches Paul addresses in his letters and visits and that you are witness to some of the other goings-on of the time:

He speaks to the church of Corinth.

“As you eagerly await for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.” (1Corinthians 1:7)

“that the time is short” (1 Corinthians 7:29)

Paul tells the Phillipian church

“…and we eagerly await a saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Phillipians 3:20)

Paul tells the Thessalonian church

“to wait for his son from Heaven, Jesus who rescues us from the coming wrath.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10)

“we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord…” (1 Thessalonians 4:15)

Paul tells Timothy:

“I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:14)

Paul writes to Titus

“while we wait for the blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our great God and the Saviour Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)

The author of Hebrews states:

“But in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son (Jesus)…” (Hebrews 1:2)

“But let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)

James warns his brothers to be patient and stand firm because the Lord’s coming is near:

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned.[a] Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!

(James 5:7-9)

Peter writes:

“The end of all things is near.” (1 Peter 4:7)

“You ought to live Holy and Godly lives as you look forward to the day of the Lord and speed it’s coming.” (2nd Peter 3:11)

John warns:

“Dear children, this is the last hour…” (1 John 2:18)

“Continue in him (Jesus) so that when he appears, we may be confident and unashamed before Him at his coming.” (1 John 2:28)

Jude writes:

“Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life.” (Jude 21)

This is just a sampling of writings by the New Testament authors telling their audiences, members of the church, that they were to await the Lord’s coming, for it was near.

Now imagine we are sitting in one of the churches in the book of Revelation.  We receive John’s letter of warming and encouragement.

John writes:

“The revelation of Jesus Christ…must soon take place.” (Revelation 1:1)

“The time is near” (Revelation 1:3)

“I am coming soon” (Revelation 3:11)

“Things must soon take place” (Revelation 22:6, 7, 12)

“The time is near” (Revelation 22:10)

Those alive in the early church times within that generation in which the Lord Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom, were to see the coming of the Lord.  They did see it in 70AD, along with the destruction of the temple, the destruction of the nation of Israel and the end of the old covenant age.

“Yes I am coming soon” proclaimed Jesus to those early churches.  “Amen come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20)

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The Lord Jesus Christ

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Imagine you are sitting with the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ when he asks Peter “Who do you say that I am?”

Various answers are given…a prophet, John the Baptist, Elijah.

Peter then blurts out “You are the Christ.” (Mark 8:29)

You watch the Lord Jesus bless Peter for his correct answer and subsequently say that his “Father and God in Heaven revealed this truth to him.” (Matthew 16:15-17)

You thank God for revealing Jesus as the Christ to his people.

Walking over to the Sanhedrin, you hear the High Priest and Chief Priest ask Jesus, “Are you the Christ, the son of the blessed one?”  You hear Jesus say “I am he.” (Mark 14:61-62)

You then find yourself helping the Samaritan woman draw water from a well for the Lord Jesus.  The Lord Jesus says to the woman, “true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.  He seeks this type of worship.”  The woman responds “I know that the Messiah (called Christ) is coming.  When he comes he will explain everything to us.”  Then the Lord Jesus declares to her “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:21-26)

You are then in the temple watching Pilate question the Lord Jesus.  He asks Jesus if he is a king.  Jesus replies to Pilate “I am a king.  In fact for this reason I was born and for this I came into this world, to testify to the truth,” (John 18:37) cp (Luke 22:35, 22:70, Matthew 27:11)

Speaking to John he tells you that he wrote his gospel so “One may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God.”  (John 20:31).  He tells me that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born again (1 John 5:1) and that this believer can enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).

You are then standing in the crowds listening to Peter say “Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this God who made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36) cp (Acts 9:20)

Following Paul, you’re sitting in a synagogue, you hear him preaching “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.” (Acts 17:3)  In Damascus, Paul “baffled the Jews by proving Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 9:22)

You listen to Apollos “proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” (Acts 18:28)

Listening to the words of the Lord Jesus saying he was the Christ King. Agreeing with the confession of Peter that Jesus is the Christ.  Listening to John, Peter, Paul, Apollos and all saying, proclaiming, proving that Jesus is the Christ.  One must agree with Paul:

“There is but one Lord Jesus Christ.”

(1 Corinthians 8:6)

God the Father is the only Creator

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Sitting in your house in the land of Israel during the time Jesus walked the earth, you open the book of Isaiah.

You read “This is what the Lord says, your redeemer who formed you in the womb.  I am the Lord who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.” (Isaiah 44:24)

“It is I (God) who made the earth and created mankind upon it and my own hands stretched out the heavens. (Isaiah 45:12-18)

You read in the book of Malachi “We have one God, the Father, who created us” (Malachi 2:10)

Putting the Old Testament book down, you praise and thank God the Father who alone and by Himself created all things.  The one God who formed you in the womb and by His own hands created all things.

You walk out of your house to hear Lord Jesus preach at a nearby temple.  Lord Jesus praises his Father and God who is “Lord of Heaven and Earth” (Matthew 11:25).  He tells the Pharisees “But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female.” (Mark 10:6).  Speaking to the crowds you hear the Lord Jesus give credit to his God and Father for creation “your heavenly Father and God feeds the birds of the air” (Matthew 6:26) and how God “clothes the grass of the field with Lillies” (Matthew 6:28)

You agree with the Lord Jesus, that his God and Father is alone Lord of Heaven and Earth, the creator of everything.  At the beginning of his creation, God created male and female.  He feeds the birds and clothes the grass with beautiful flowers.

Later you hear the preaching of Peter and John raising their voices together in prayer to God “Sovereign Lord, you made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them.” (Acts 4:24)

You hear Paul speaking to the men in Athens “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and Earth and does not live in temples built by hands…He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:24)

You hear Paul, Peter and John all agree with the Lord Jesus that his Father and God is creator of everything and is indeed Lord of heaven and earth.

The last book of the Bible, Revelation, shows the elders and heavenly host worshipping God on the throne “You are worthy our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power for you created all things and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11)

Let us agree with Moses in saying “In the beginning God alone created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)