they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and
great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a
trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world – from the
farthest ends of the earth and heaven. -Jesus
Matthew 30-3 (NLT)
The Jews anticipated
a king, not the babe of a poor teenage nobody. They awaited a military leader
to deliver justice and free them from Roman persecution, not a humble servant
preaching love for the enemy. They expected Jesus to reinforce Jewish law, not
criticize the teachers. Jesus matched some, but not all, of the religious
leaders’ list of requirements. His execution assured them He wasn’t the
And yet He was
the One they sought.
What do we expect
Jesus’ return to look like? What kind of person are we awaiting? Will we miss
Him as the Jewish leaders did because of preconceived ideas?
We base our
expectations on Scripture, but so did they. Jesus was a branch from the stump
of David (Isaiah 11:1), however the promised forever throne (1 Kings 9:5 ) wasn’t
earthly. Deliverance of the poor, oppressed and captive (Isaiah 61) referred to
a spiritual enemy, not Rome. They had the right idea, but limited perspective.
Who and what
do we anticipate? Will we recognize the event? Jesus says he’ll return from the
clouds to the sound of trumpets. Is this a parade in the sky led by a robed,
bearded human and a white, winged marching band? How else might we interpret
Just like His manger arrival, expect
a surprise when Jesus returns. (tweet
How do you expect Jesus to appear upon His return?
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