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Near the end of His first advent, Jesus told those who had received Him as Savior and Lord that He was going away, but would return to “ ‘receive you to Myself’ ” (John 14:3). Ever since, those who have received Him have longed for the day when He will receive them. Jesus announced to the world that at some future date He would make a second visit.… For those who love His coming, His next visit will be an occasion of unspeakable joy and glory.
James M. Boice
Although our earthly homes are necessary and significant, they are not permanent. Our basic need for a home is fully met only when the Lord Jesus Christ Himself prepares a home for us in heaven. Now we are in a strange land, even in an enemy’s country. In that day we shall be in the Father’s house and shall be home. That is a Christian’s destiny.
Arnold T. Olson
Ever since the first days of the Christian church, evangelicals have been “looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” They may have disagreed as to its timing and to the events on the eschatological calendar. They may have differed as to a pre-tribulation or post-tribulation rapture—the pre- or post- or non-millennial coming. They may have been divided as to a literal rebirth of Israel. However, all are agreed that the final solution to the problems of this world is in the hands of the King of kings who will someday make the kingdoms of this world His very own.
The church of all ages has looked with joyous anticipation to the promised future return of Christ. As His First Advent secured our redemption, so His Second Advent is the blessed hope of the church for the full consummation of His kingdom.
Reformation Study Bible
The thought of [Jesus’] return should be constantly in our minds, encouraging us in our present Christian service (1 Cor. 15:58) and teaching us to live ready to meet Christ at any time (Matt. 25:1–13).