By Adam Brown
How much time have you given yourself to mull over the promise that Jesus will return to the earth in body and in glory? Is it even on your radar? For many Christians, this central doctrine of the Gospel is non-existent. For others, it rings familiar but they have no idea what it means. For yet others, there is a vague awareness of it, but deep down they hope Jesus is delayed by celestial traffic.
In reality, the return of Jesus Christ to the earth ought to be the heart-cry of every born-again believer. Near the end of his life, Paul was comforted by the thought of that Day:
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing (2 Timothy 6:8).
Reflecting on the love of God and the goal of the Gospel, the apostle John appeals to that Day:
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2)!
In the last week before His crucifixion, Jesus taught about His return to the earth. In our preaching text this Sunday (Luke 21:5–38) at Southshore, we will be looking at this teaching. We will explore the way in which two interrelated prophecies, the destruction of the Temple in AD 70 (Luke 21:8–9, 12–24) and the return of Jesus (Luke 21:10–11, 24–33) are related.
Regarding that Day, Jesus encourages those who love Him:
Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28).
This Easter, I pray we all might look back to the Cross and the Empty Tomb in order to look forward to the Son of Man coming on the clouds with hope and anticipation.