“…As you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 1:7b).
Life is hard. Sometimes it feels impossible. Other times it seems bearable. But no matter your daily experience, keep this in mind: all of this is going somewhere. The waiting for Jesus’ Second Coming makes the thorny journey worth it. We are being perfected but we are not there yet.
The Second Coming of Christ is something every Christian should eagerly wait for – no matter the level of spiritual maturity. Here are just four reasons why:
#1 – The Second Coming means Christ will be exalted. Paul said in Philippians 2:9-11, “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
#2 – The Second Coming means Satan will be defeated. The Apostle John writes, “And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:9-10).
#3 – The Second Coming means martyrs will be avenged. Those who have paid the ultimate price for their faith ask how long until God’s judgment will fall on those who brought such persecution. Paul says in II Thessalonians 1:6-7, “Since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.”
#4 – The Second Coming means believers will be glorified. In another letter to another church, Paul says Christ will come back for the church so “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27).