- The early church looked forward to the second coming of Jesus more than anything else.
- In the ancient world hope was not highly regarded. The church made hope a prized commodity
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…” (Titus 2:11-14)
- Why is Jesus coming back?
– Jesus is coming back to fix what is broken, not to destroy what is broken.
2 Peter 3:6,7
“For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:19-21)
- Redemption is the redemption of creation.
“Then I saw a new heaven and new earth” Revelation 21:1
- New: In Greek it’s the word, kainos – qualitatively new.
- When is Jesus coming back?
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mt 24:36
- We are absolutely living in the “last days”. (Acts 2:17)
- How can the last days be for over 2000 years? (2 Peter 3:8)
- In light of Jesus’ return, live hopeful every day. (Hebrews 10:25)
III. Why is Jesus’ return such a big deal?
- It gives us a picture of hope for the future and provides the ultimate meaning for life.
- The imagery of the book of Revelation is meant to point us to the significance of Jesus return.
- It is God’s invitation for us to participate in his Kingdom, when heaven and earth will be ONE.
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. (2 Peter 3:11-13)