Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S May 2022

REV JOHN K-S 05-2021Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


Christians believe that one day Jesus will return, often referred to as “Jesus’ Second Coming”. What does the Bible say about this? Luke, the author of Acts, records that 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples witnessed his bodily return to heaven but were told by two messengers (angels) that “this same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”(Acts chapter 1)
In fact, the Bible records Jesus teaching his disciples many times about his return “at the end of the age” (see for example Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21). He also described the signs that would precede his return such as: wars, famines, earthquakes, and pestilences, “days of distress unequalled from the beginning when God created the world”. Following this, there would be no doubt in anyone’s mind about who Jesus is because “as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man (Jesus) ... and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other
Sceptics ask when this will take place since 2000 years have already passed and Jesus has not returned. But Jesus warned many times that “about that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son but only the Father”. It will happen; he said, suddenly and unexpectedly, “So keep alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come”. In other words, speculation about dates and times is both pointless and unhelpful
The Bible therefore teaches very clearly that Jesus will one day return with both power and glory. But what does this mean for you, for me and for the world? More next month on what the Bible teaches, but for Christians, the belief in Jesus’ return is very definitely seen as “Good News”



published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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