Advent Journey - Day 7 - The Coming of Christ
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
10 days of Advent A series of ten articles in preparation for Christmas. We set out to meet the Lord and be prepared. Day 7. The First and Second Coming of Christ The mission of Christ into the world was fully accomplished.
He will not be reincarnated to dwell on Earth. He will come a second time to award salvation to them that wait for Him.
For four thousand years the world looked forward to the Coming of Christ. It was heralded by all the prophets as the hope of the race. Every event in Old Testament history was made converge into the design of His Coming. It was the event of supreme importance. Any doctrine, the consequences of which make the Lord's first coming a failure, is pernicious, and cannot be ignored as some are wont to do.
We want in this article to contrast the Lord's first coming in both manner and purpose with what the Bible has to say concerning His second coming. The text suggesting the basis for such a contrast is Hebrews 9:2728: "And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment; so Christ also, having been once offered to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time, apart from sin, to them that wait for Him unto Salvation."
The First Advent
Our text declares that Christ "was once offered to bear the sins of many." This is the foundation of the Gospel of Christ. Paul preached that Christ died for our sins, "According to the Scriptures." God's law had been violated. Death was required as a penalty. Christ died in our stead. That is the doctrine of atonement.
The scriptures declare that Jesus came into the world to destroy the works of Satan. "To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the Devil" (1 John 3:8). The destruction of the works of the Devil was the very purpose of Christ's first coming. Premillennialism teaches that Christ will come again to accomplish that purpose. A mighty carnal war will be waged by Him at the time of His second appearance, in their scheme, for the purpose of accomplishing what he came the first time to do, viz., put down Satan, destroy his works, and establish His Kingdom. That means that he failed to accomplish this at the time of His first advent; that instead of conquering he was conquered, and instead of being exalted and crowned in His ascension to the Father, He went home in defeat and humiliation.
What other conclusion can such a doctrine have?
That is not all. Christ came into this world and was made flesh and blood in order "To bring to naught him that had the power of death, that is, the devil" (Heb. 2:14). Premillennialism teaches that He will triumph over Satan and bring him to naught, at His second coming; again proving that they regard the first advent of the Lord a failure. Such consequences cannot be overlooked, nor excused with any regard for truth.
The Bible not only declares that Christ came into the world to "destroy the works of the devil" and to "bring Satan to naught" but, according to the Scriptures, he succeeded in accomplishing this. Paul declares in Colossians 2:15 that He "despoiled the principalities ,and the powers, and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it," and in Ephesians 4:8 he.; said "when He ascended on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men."
Jesus said: "But no one can enter the house of the strong man, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man." Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan (1 John 3:8). This he could not do without binding Satan (Mark 3:27). He accomplished his purpose (Colossians 2:15). Therefore Satan, the strong man, was bound. Satan has only the power and privilege that is yielded to him. "Each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed" (James 1:14). "Resist . the Devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). We have indeed been delivered from Satan's power and bondage to sin.
The Second Advent
The second coming of Christ will be "to them that wait for him unto salvation" (Heb. 9:27). His promise is, "I will come again to receive you unto myself, that where I am ye may be also" (John 14:3). When He comes again, "even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him . . . then we that-are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:14-17).
We shall not know Christ after the flesh again for "though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know him so no more" (2 Corinthians 5:16).
He will not, therefore, return to dwell in the flesh. Concerning His first coming, Paul says, "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." But in sharp contrast, of his second coming he declares that Christ "shall appear a second time, apart from sin."
Those words can have no meaning if Christ comes back in the flesh to dwell on earth.
As we approach Christmas dear Lord
help those who have lost their faith in you
Rekindle in them the fire of Your love.
Let them know dear Lord the rejoicing in Heaven of one lost sheep
And they once again feel the joy of Thy great love.
TODAY is the 4th Tuesday of Advent
O Miraculous Infant Jesus! We prostrate before your image and beseech you to cast a merciful look on our troubled hearts. Let your tender heart, so inclined to pity, be softened by our prayers, and grant us that grace for which we ardently implore. Amen
WORD OF OUR LORD
Luke 1:46-56 - The Almighty has done great things for me
‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. When you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.
Always Remember - JESUS LOVES YOU
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
for the Almighty has done great things for me
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in our hour of conflict. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Only in God is my soul at rest. In Him comes my salvation.
We finish as we begun
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
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Catechism taken from Catholic Catechism - catechismonline.com
The Complete New Testament - thewordofourlord.com
Rosary wit Scripture - theholywordrosary.com