1. Hello, listening friends.
2. We are glad you’ve joined us in this last in the series of four reasons for Advent.
3. I want to begin by asking you a question.
4. How ready are you to meet Jesus Christ, if He comes back today,
5. or, if you knew that you only had a short time to live,
6. what preparations would you make?
7. Would you change your life goals?
8. Would you call someone and ask for their forgiveness?
9. Would you restore things or relationships?
10. Would you try to forgive someone against whom you’ve carried a grudge?
11. If you begin to make a list of things to do,
12. then, you are not ready to meet Jesus face to face.
13. It’s like that minister who was preaching on Christ’s Second Coming.
14. He asked his audience this question:
15. “If the trumpet of Christ sounded tonight, announcing the coming of Jesus,
16. how many of you will be ready to meet Him?”
17. Everyone raised their hands,
18. so he deliberately and carefully rehearsed the question;
19. but, again, everyone raised their hands.
20. Meanwhile, he placed a boy with a trumpet to wait on the top of a nearby tree;
21. so, he asked for the third time;
22. and they all raised their hands.
23. Finally, he signaled the boy and the boy blew the trumpet;
24. and, as soon as the trumpet blew, everyone hid under their chairs.
25. They were not really ready, were they?
26. If you have joined us for the first time,
27. this is the fourth and the last message on the purpose of Advent.
28. Jesus comes to prepare us for His Second Advent.
29. First, we saw that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.
30. Secondly, we saw that Jesus came to take away sin.
31. Thirdly, we saw that Jesus came to reveal the Father;
32. and, today, we will see how Jesus came to prepare us for the Second Advent.
33. If you have a Bible, please turn to Hebrews, Chapter 9, verses 27 and 28.
34. Here’s what the Word of God said:
35. “And, just as it is appointed for man to die once and after that, the judgment,
36. so Christ, having been once offered to bear the sins of many,
37. shall appear the second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly awaiting him.”
38. He came once in order that He might be able to come again.
39. At the birth of Jesus, the angels proclaimed, “Peace on earth...”
40. yet, we see, in reality, that there is no peace on earth.
41. Some people have peace in their hearts; others don’t.
42. We have joy, but not complete joy.
43. Why is that?
44. Is that a contradiction in the Bible?
45. Not at all.
46. The declaration of the New Testament was that Jesus, who has come, will come again;
47. that His first Advent was, indeed, a preparation for His Second Advent;
48. that the consummation of the first Advent will be His Second Advent.
49. His Second Coming will be a personal coming.
50. His Second Coming will be a definite coming,
51. a coming that is as positive and real in human history as was His first.
52. The Word of God tells us that His Second Coming is a definite event,
53. a future, historic reality.
54. There are a variety of views as to how Jesus will come, and when He will come,
55. but that’s not what I’m talking about.
56. Jesus was saying
57. that, just as He was lifted up to Heaven after the resurrection,
58. He will come back in the same way.
59. There were five hundred people standing there when Jesus was lifted up to Heaven.
当耶稣被接升天的时候，有 500 人站在那里观看。
60. They all saw Him;
61. so, either He is coming back in the same way as He’s gone,
62. or the angels were lying.
63. Listen to what Paul tells us in Thessalonians.
64. “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout;
65. with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God,
66. and the dead shall rise first. Then we that are alive shall together be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
67. And so we shall be with the Lord forever.”
68. There are very few Christians who focus daily on the Second Coming.
69. There are even fewer messages preached on the Second Coming
70. yet, as I read the history of the early church,
71. the Second Coming was their all-consuming hope.
72. This hope gave them moral intensity.
73. This hope occupied their lives.
74. It dominated their life’s goals.
75. It gave them the power to laugh in the face of death.
76. It gave them the strength to overcome the evil forces;
77. so, my listening friend, the question is this:
78. how does the Second Coming of Christ penetrate your life’s goals?
79. The Second Coming of Christ not only dominated the preaching of Paul,
80. but it dominated the thoughts of other Apostles.
81. Listen to what James said:
82. “Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord.”
83. Listen to what Peter said:
84. “Be sober. Set your hope fully upon the grace that is coming at the return of Christ.”
85. Listen to what John said:
86. “We know that if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
87. And everyone who has this hope in him, purify himself as he is pure.”
88. Listen to what Jude said:
89. “Hear, beloved, build yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.
90. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ and eternal life...”
91. or, look again at our text of Hebrews 9:27 and 28.
92. “Christ shall appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly awaiting him.”
93. To understand His Second Coming, you must contrast it with His first coming,
94. for His Second Coming will be so different from His first.
95. His first Advent was conducted within sin,
96. and we saw how He came to take away sin.
97. By His first coming,
98. sin and the gravity of sin became painfully obvious.
99. By His first coming,
100. He bore our sins.
101. Our sins had burdened Him.
102. Our sins grinded Him,
103. not only on the cross,
104. but, throughout His thirty-three years, He put Himself in our sinful environment in order to take away sin.
105. Throughout the whole of His earthly life, He bore the limitation of sin,
106. in poverty,
107. in sorrow,
108. in loneliness,
109. in betrayal,
110. in denial.
111. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem as a baby,
112. He entered into the limitation which is the result of sin.
113. He bore sin in His conscious throughout all His earthly life.
114. Finally, He bore the wages of sin upon Himself on the cross.
115. Very God, but also very man;
116. yet, He put Himself underneath sin until its weight crushed Him on the cross.
117. Not so in the Second Coming.
118. This helpless baby in the manger will return,
119. not in poverty, but in wealth.
120. He will return, not in loneliness,
121. but to gather around Him all those who put their trust in Him,
122. those who are awaiting Him,
123. those who are serving Him,
124. those who are eagerly looking forward to His coming.
125. In the first Advent, there was no room for Him in the inn;
126. but when He comes again,
127. the whole world will make haste to make room for Him.
128. In His first Advent,
129. He was seen holding the reed of mockery,
130. robed in the purple of contempt,
131. crowned with thorns,
132. surrounded by a mob;
133. but when He comes again,
134. He will hold the scepter of the universe in His right hand.
135. Upon His brow, there will be many diadems.
136. He’ll return with all of the splendor of God the Father;
137. and the 10,000 times 10,000 angels will be the cohorts that accompany Him.
138. The first Advent was in sorrow, in tears, in loneliness, in poverty and in sin;
139. but, in His Second Advent,
140. sorrow will be replaced by unspeakable joy.
141. All tears of sorrow will be wiped away,
142. all the power of sin dissolved.
143. The first Advent was for atonement.
144. The Second Advent will be for getting those who accepted His atonement.
145. In His first Advent, Jesus came to take away sin.
146. In His Second Advent, He will set up His Kingdom, the foundation of which He laid on the cross.
147. The Bible clearly tells us that it is appointed unto man to die once;
148. not twice or three times.
149. You live once.
150. You die once.
151. You are judged once;
152. but I want you to notice something very important in this text.
153. It is appointed unto man to die once and, after that, the judgment.
154. What does this mean to those who do not believe in Jesus Christ?
155. My listening friend, if you’re not a believer in Jesus Christ, I want you to listen carefully,
156. because the Bible says that there is no other chance after death.
157. To those who have heard the message of the first Advent,
158. and believed it and trusted in His work of redemption,
159. those who have been redeemed and forgiven,
160. there is going to be salvation—not judgment.
161. To them, that day is not frightening.
162. It is a joyful day of salvation;
163. but those who will not shelter beneath Christ’s first Advent
164. will be judged.
165. All the things that began by His first Advent will be consummated by His second.
166. That is why eternal life begins here and now.
167. Eternal life begins the day you say "yes" to Jesus.
168. Your final destination is His Second Advent.
169. You may ask, “What about those who have died in Christ?”
170. The Bible tells us that they are safe with God.
171. They are at rest.
172. They are absent from the body, at home with the Lord.
173. Do you know why the New Testament uses the word "asleep" for the Christian?
174. Because sleep is a temporary action.
175. It is expected that he who is asleep will wake up again;
176. so, in Jesus’ Second Coming, He will bring salvation that is final.
177. He will bring complete salvation for those who are waiting on Him.
178. Christ shall appear a second time apart from sin to salvation.
179. My listening friend, listen carefully as I conclude.
180. There will be no second chance after you die.
181. Your choice of where you spend eternity must be now.
182. To receive Christ now is to be received by Him at His coronation.
183. You can come to Him now and receive eternal life now.
184. It is our prayer that you would come to Jesus today;
185. and, then, write to us and tell us.
186. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.