Looking for Jesus
Titus 2:13 ”Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
This is the happy privilege of the believer in Jesus, to be looking for the second appearance of his Lord. Jesus has promised that He will come again; that He will “come quickly” (Rev. 22:20). He has declared that His coming will be sudden, like that of “a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2). The believer is a man who is expecting it, waiting for it, and preparing to welcome it. He knows that though “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;” yet that another end of His coming is, that He may “be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe” (2 Thess. 1: 7-10). Therefore he looks for that blessed hope. He has peace with God through Jesus Christ. Guilt, the cause of fear, is taken away. He believes that the Judge is his friend, therefore he looks forward with a comfortable expectation. He feels that his present state is not his rest; for though the guilt of sin is taken out of his conscience, and the love and power of it out of his heart; he painfully feels that sin yet dwelleth in him; and therefore longs for the coming of Christ, that He may totally destroy it. The hope he has, is a blessed hope, because the things hoped for are inestimable in value, eternal in duration, and certain to the man who looks for them in faith and hope. “We that are in this tabernacle, (of flesh and blood) do groan, being burdened” (2 Cor. 5:4), with sin, affliction, and temptation; but at the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
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