Coming of Christ Sermon Illustrations

Coming of Christ Sermon Illustrations

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Preaching the Second

For nearly 20 years a spiritual enrichment has come into my ministry, because I have realized the great New Testament revelation of the personal return of our Lord. Dr. Andrew Bonar told the story of a plain man in one of the Scottish Presbyterian churches who had learnt this precious doctrine. The man spent a Sunday in Edinburgh. When he returned to his village, the people asked how he liked the Edinburgh preachers. His reply was, 'They all fly on one wing. They all preach the first coming of Christ but not the second.'—Dr. Dinsdale T. Young

(Acts 1. 11; 1 Thess. 1. 10; 4. 13-15)

Preparation for Christ's Coming

John was the chauffeur of a Christian whom God had prospered and who was a faithful witness for Christ. Often he would have talks with John about his soul, the necessity of accepting Christ and being ready for what lay beyond this life. One day, telling his chauffeur of the blessed hope of the Lord's return, he said to him, 'John, when the Lord comes, you may have my cars'. This evoked from John a polite and very joyous expression of gratitude. `And John,' he added, 'you and your wife can come and live in our nice large house.' Again John responded with a very fervent 'Thank you, sir!' His master also told him he could have all the money and property he possessed when the Lord Jesus came.

Overjoyed, John returned to his cottage and told his wife what his master had said. Both were elated at the prospect but had not considered the implications. John went to bed but could not sleep. In the middle of the night he made his way to his master's house and knocked loudly till his master came and asked who was there. 'It's me, John, your chauffeur' was the reply from the other side of the locked door. 'What's the matter, John? Why have you come at this time of night?' `Oh sir,' said the chauffeur, 'I don't want your car.' `Don't want my car, John? Why not?' asked his master. 'Nor your house, nor your money, nor your property,' added John. 'Well, John,' said his master, 'what is it that you do want?' `I want to be saved—to be ready, like you, for the coming of the Lord.' (Matt. 25. 10-13; 1 Thess. 5. 2)

Promise of His Coming

There's a whisper from the glory of the coming of the Lord,
Oh the joy my heart is tasting as I rest upon His Word,
And what peace amid earth's tumult does this precious truth afford—
`Hold fast! I'm coming soon!'

In the glory of His promise I am living day by
And the, light of heaven is dawning on earth's dreary, desert way,
While I wait that sweetest whisper, Up, my child and come away,'
The Lord is coming soon.

There's a glory on the mountains and a glory on the sea,
And the valleys now are glowing, and the desert way can be
Just a pilgrimage to glory, since He whispered this to me,
`Hold fast! I'm coining soon.'

(John 14. 3; 1 John 3. 2; Rev. 2. 25)

Promise of Christ's Coming

`Where is the promise?' the scoffers say,
`He said He would come—why this strange delay?
Don't all things continue unto this day?'—
But He will come.

Where is the promise? Let men deride:
Let scoffers and skeptics and all decide
The Blessed Hope has been misapplied—
Yet He will come.

Where is the promise? The signs all say
His coming again is not far away.
Rejoice, ye saints—He may come today!
He's bound to come.—J. Danson Smith

(Tit. 2. 13; Heb. 10. 37; 2 Pet. 3. 4)

The Rapture

As the chill blasts of winter approach the islands of the United Kingdom, the swallows take their flight to find a refuge in some warmer clime in Southern Spain or North Africa. No one sees them go, yet not one is left behind. They all go. When the swallows are gone, severe and wintry weather begins. So will it be at the rapture of the saints when the Lord Jesus comes to the air with a shout, with the archangel's voice and the trump of God. All believers will be caught up. 'We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed.'

(1 Cor. 15. 51, 52; 1 Thess. 4. 16, 17)

The Results of His Coming

We look for our Savior, we look for His coming,
When living and sleeping shall meet in the skies,
When from every nation, with great jubilation,
The blood-bought unite at the wondrous assize.

We look for that season with Christ in the glory.
How wondrous 'twill be !-No mortal can tell.
When works now recorded shall then be rewarded
And, sharing His glory, with Him we shall dwell.

We look for that time when this earth, undistracted,
Shall cease from its wars and true peace shall enjoy,
With Christ's sceptre swaying and millions obeying
And Satan chain-bound; none shall hurt or destroy.—J. Danson Smith

(Rom. 8. 19-23; Phil. 3. 20, 21 ; Tit. 2. 13; Heb. 10. 37)

Suddenness of Christ's Coming

R. Murray McCheyne, the godly Scottish minister, who went to be with Christ before he reached the age of 30, on one occasion asked some friends in his home, `Do you think that Christ will come tonight?' Pausing before each, he waited for their reply. One and all answered, `No, I think not.' Then he solemnly quoted the words of our Lord, 'In an hour when ye think not the Son of Man cometh.'

(Matt. 24. 42; 25. 13; Mark 13. 35; Luke 12. 40)

One moment here in this dark world of woe,
This weary vale where tears will ever flow:
The next—caught up to meet Him in the air
With but a moment between here and there.

The twinkling of an eye! O precious thought!
No time for moan or cry, up to Him caught
Away from all that drives us to despair
With but a twinkling between here and there.

Oh! pending weight of joy! Oh hope so bright—
Makes every moment fly on wings of light:
Each moment nearer, every hour more fair.
Perhaps today we shall be with Him there.

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