The King Is Coming

“And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Lk 1:33

It’s hard to believe, but in two days we will be celebrating Christmas.  It seemed just yesterday we were putting up the tree and the lights in anticipation for Christmas.  But now, it is here, the day we celebrate the coming of a King.

But, I must remind you, this is no ordinary King.  This is God’s Son,  the one in whose rule will never end.  This morning, I think it is important that we think not only about the celebration of His first coming, but that we celebrate the fact that He is coming again.

33 years after Jesus first coming, He went back to heaven.  Those who saw his ascension heard the following proclamation given, “This same Jesus that was taken up from you will return in like manner.” Acts 1:11.  

Notice the word’s “Like manner.”  These words speak to us about his coming back in bodily form.  They do not speak to us about his coming as a humble baby that would grow into a man.  They do not speak to us about His coming to take away the sin of the world.  These were things that characterized His first coming.

When Jesus comes again, He will come as King.  Isaiah 9:7 proclaims; “He will rule with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore…”

Jesus will come in like manner so that we can see Him, but His position will not be of a servant, but as a king.  The world will bow before Him.  Some will bow in love and so will bow out of fear.  The question that comes to mind is simply this, “How many of our family members will be ready to meet the king?”

In our busy preparations for Christmas, we forget that this could be the day, moment, or year that we actually stand before the King.  I find myself greatly convicted that I must be about my Master’s business of proclaiming, “The King is coming.”

This very day, I challenge you to add to your last-minute list:  I will proclaim the message that He is coming again.  Those who truly are possessed by the love of Christ are compelled (II Cor. 5:14) to tell others about Christ.

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