The Second Coming: Fear or Anticipation?

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When you think of Christ’s second coming, is it with dread or joy? Fear or faith?

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27–28 NIV)

The book of Revelation speaks of some pretty scary images before the return of Jesus Christ. The whole period conjures up scenes of plagues, bowls of wrath, and souls trembling in fear. Rather unsettling, isn’t it?

For those who have not accepted Christ, there is a legitimate reason to be fearful of those final days. There’s fear that you haven’t done enough, because the fact is, you haven’t done enough. Unless you have been perfect, you have not done enough. And sure enough, when that time comes and Christ returns, it will be a time of dread and fear because there will be the realization that we deserve the judgment of God.

So why is it that the Christian has no dread of the Rapture? It is because we know that Christ has borne our sins. He has taken upon Himself the judgment we deserve; because of His sacrifice, we will be spared those horrid consequences. Instead of the dread of His return, there is actually a longing for it to happen.

When you think of Christ’s second coming, is it with dread or joy? Fear or faith?

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