-I Knew You Would Come!-
August 2 2010 by D.E. Parkerson

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth is one of the cardinal teachings of the Bible. Of the 260 chapters of the New Testament, 216 of them make reference to His coming again. One of every 30 verses, 23 of the 27 New Testament books, and all nine authors herald Christ’s return.

Fifty times in his 13 epistles, Paul spoke of this grand climax of history. Its very frequency in the New Testament and its incorporation into the great creeds of Christian history, all underscore it as a cardinal Christian doctrine.

No less than 5,000 of Charles Wesley’s hymns exult in Christ’s return to gather His church. In our day Bill and Gloria Gaither have written what has become one of America’s most popular hymns, “The King Is Coming!”

Henry Gariepy, in Portraits of Perseverance, tells of the time during the First World War when an American soldier in the trenches saw his friend wounded out in no-man’s land — that is, the ground between his trench and that of the enemy.

He asked his commanding officer if he could go out and get him, only to be told, “Your request is refused.  If you go, I will lose you as well.  I have to say no.”

Disobeying his officer, he went out to save his friend. He managed to bring him back, only to fall mortally wounded as he staggered into the trench.

The officer was angry.  “I told you not to go,” he said. “Now I have lost two good men. It was not worth it!”

With his dying breath the heroic young soldier said, “But it was worth it, Sir, because when I got to him, he said, ‘Jim, I knew you would come.’”

It was unspeakable love that brought Christ from heaven to earth on that first Advent, and then led Him to go to the “no-man’s-land” called Calvary, there to be wounded and to die an excruciating death, that He might bring all who believe back from death to life, from defeat to victory, from sin to salvation.

The grand and glorious message of the gospel is that in the future at a time of God’s own choosing, Jesus will come again to earth! He will come for those who have accepted Him as Savior and Lord to carry them safely to that eternal city the Bible calls “The New Jerusalem.”

This is the promise that Jesus personally made to His disciples following His resurrection from the grave and prior to His ascension: “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (Jn. 14:2-3, NASB).

On that glorious day Christians who live on the earth at that time will be able to say to Him, “I knew You would come!”

Would you be ready to meet Him if that were today?

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Parkerson is a native of Georgia, a graduate of Mercer University [B.A.], Southeastern Seminary [M. Div. and Th.M.], and Campbell University [D.D.]. He has served as pastor of one church in Georgia and five churches in North Carolina. Following retirement as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sanford on Sept. 30, 1996, he has served nine North Carolina churches as interim pastor. His column, The Paper Pulpit, has appeared weekly in a few newspapers and other publications since 1958. He and his wife, Jessie, live in Wilmington near their daughter and family.)
8/2/2010 4:02:00 AM by D.E. Parkerson | with 1 comments

Dr. James Willingham
While I rejoice in the thought that one day Christ will come and receive us unto Himself, there is a point to be made about the fact that He did not use the future tense, saying, as the KJV renders it, "I will come again," but, rather, "I am coming again." This is stressed several more times in J.14 (verses 18,28): "I am coming" which is in the present tense, meaning, perhaps, that it is an ongoing process. How do we handle the idea of His coming to us every second of every minute of every hour of every day, spiritually? And what does that mean for our spiritual service, when we know and realize that He is coming to us in such fashion all the time even though He has already taken up residency in our lives?
8/8/2010 11:19:25 PM