Understanding the Time pt 5 – The Second Coming
As Jesus describes His second coming in Matthew 24 He creates a challenging tension – you won’t be able to predict when it’s going to happen, but you’ll need to be ready for it when it does!
In this message Mike explains a common misunderstanding of what Jesus meant when He said that His words would all be fulfilled before “this generation” passes away, to show that in no way did Jesus mean – or the people He spoke to believe – that His second coming was sure to happen within their lifetimes. Instead, Jesus is giving us the tools to recognise signs that show His return could be imminent. But regardless of how well we pick the time of His return, the key idea is to be ready for it. To be found doing what He’s asked us to do.
Jesus soberly predicts that His return will be a time of mourning for many, who recognise that judgement is not good news for them. It means being separated from God and His goodness for eternity. For those who do not fear judgement because they have been forgiven, judgement is a joyful experience. It means the removal of all evil and the ultimate flourishing of all that is good.
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