Jesus’ Return

Stage 14

Overview

Overview

Jesus will return as the powerful and glorious King. At that time, he will express the fullness of God’s kingdom by judging the whole world, and punishing ‘Babel-ish’ pride and rejection of God. But those who trust in Jesus will be saved from God’s judgement and be with God forever. Until Jesus returns, his people are to live here in a manner worthy of the kingdom of God.

He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marvelled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. (ESV)

2 Thessalonians 1:8–10

More detail
When Jesus returns, his glory will become evident to all. He will condemn those who have ignored him and opposed him. Finally, there will be no more rebellion against God’s rule, and the salvation of God’s people will be complete. Jesus will take his people to be with him forever. Jesus’ return will be both wondrous and terrifying—wondrous for those who trust in him; terrifying for those who are opposed to him.

Jesus’ promise

Jesus made this promise to his disciples:

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (ESV)

John 14:3

Looking forward

Jesus’ death for us (his body and blood) and his resurrection (his priesthood), together with his return (the Day), give us reason for living as Christians now:

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV)

Hebrews 10:19-25

How God works

Through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus we look forward to Jesus’ return and our life with him.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (ESV)

1 Peter 1:3-5

Questions

  1. What will happen when Jesus returns?
  2. Read through the ‘More detail’ section. What do you notice about the promise(s) of God?

Ponder

What do you hope for?

Prayer ideas

Pray that you would live with your mind fixed on the imperishable inheritance that awaits you.