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  • Advents -Arrivals; the physical comings of Christ to earth

  • The Bible speaks of two advents of Christ. The characteristics of Christ's two physical comings to earth are contrasted in the chart below. The second advent of Christ will excel in glory as His first advent did in humility.

    CHRIST'S FIRST AND SECOND ADVENTS CONTRASTED

    Characteristic

    First Coming

    Second Coming

    1. Step in the Savior's life plan

    Jesus' first step of humiliation -His humble birth

    Christ's final step of exaltation His coming to judge the world

    2. Time of Jesus' arrival

    At the close of the Old Testament and the ushering in of the New Testament

    At the close of the New Testament and the ushering in of eternity

    3. Christ's position

    Humble servant

    Glorified King of kings and Lord of lords

    4. Jesus' power

    Helpless, needy babe; placed under the burden of sin

    Almighty God; the triumphant Conqueror of sin

    5.

    Circumstances surrounding His arrival
    a. Place

    A manger in a stable (no room for Him in the inn)

    Seated on His glorious throne upon the clouds of heaven

    b. Dress

    Wrapped in swaddling rags

    All glorious, kingly apparel

    c. Attendees

    A poor, young woman and her husband

    The heavenly hosts of angels

    d. Witnesses

    A few poor shepherds

    All mankind and angelic hosts

    Who are the only people with a true hope for the future? Why?



    The second coming of Christ is a great event which the true church looks forward to with strong desire. It is the blessed hope of the followers of Christ, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13). When faith is in exercise, the true Church longs for the return of Christ, its King, and the full deliverance He shall bring with Him. Its hope and desire is expressed in the closing verses of Scripture, "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

    Scripture describes the glorious second coming of Christ according to the characteristics listed in the chart on the following page.


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