Advent “The Coming”
[00:00:01] I mentioned in the lighting the advent candle this morning the word advent means coming it means arrival and the focus these next four Sundays and Christmas Sunday. Obviously Christmas Sunday is the celebration and remembering of the first advent of Jesus Christ where God came from heaven from the glories of heaven. And became man and the anticipation and the hope that first centuries the Jewish nation had entered expecting and waiting for the savior for the Messiah for the Redeemer the deliverer. But then on this side of the cross we are in anticipation of another advent the Second Advent the second coming of Jesus Christ where God again in the flesh comes from heaven. Here on Earth and Jesus is going to set up His kingdom in Jerusalem is where he will be found and he will reign and we will reign with him for a thousand years. And so that’s the two advents the first and the Second Advent. And we’re anticipating the Second Advent. We are celebrating the first and the Sundays we set aside these four Sundays of Advent is just that in celebrating and not just taking one day on Christmas morning where so many gather together and they open their presents and is one way or for the entire month we think about we remember we celebrate God coming to earth. If you take your Bibles and open them with me to Titus the book of Titus Titus chapter two and I’ll be reading verses 11 to 14 where this passage of Scripture speak of both advents.
[00:02:39] The first advent and the Second Advent.
[00:02:42] Titus two verses 11 to 14 where it reads for the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled upright and godly lives in the present age.
[00:03:09] For our blessid hope the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us.
[00:03:24] To redeem us from all on law blah lessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous.
[00:03:35] For good works. So let’s look at these passages and see how this piece of both advents in verse 11 is says for the grace of God has appeared. That speaks the end of the first advent. The grace of God has appeared in speaking of Jesus Christ. When he came to earth. Born as a little baby in a manger. And it goes on and it says bringing salvation for all people. So here in these few verses It begins by talking about this first advent and in his letter to Timothy Paul addresses the salvation of Jesus manifested through his appearing in in second Timothy 1 versus 8 through 10.
[00:04:37] It says therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our lord nor of me his prisoner but share in suffering for the Gospel by the power of God who saved us and called us to a holy calling not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began and which now.
[00:05:13] Has been manifested through the empyrean of our Savior Christ Jesus who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light.
[00:05:28] Through the Gospel.
[00:05:30] So here and in in writing Timothy he speaks of how true the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ Chrysler brought this even before the ages began this was in the plan of God.
[00:05:50] So back in verse 11 entitled to for the grace of God has appeared bringing salvation for all people now this bringing salvation for all people sometimes is misunderstood.
[00:06:07] As meaning that all people.
[00:06:10] Are going to be saved and this does not teach universal salvation where every single person born is going to be saved that that contradicts other scripture. It means rather that that salvation is offered to all people to all humanity in general. Is not offered just to a select few.
[00:06:37] This salvation is offered to all then verse 12 in times goes on.
[00:06:45] And then he says training us. To renounce and godliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled.
[00:06:55] Upright. And godly lives in the present age.
[00:06:59] So so is this salvation to those who become saved this salvation is transforming and this transformation this this new birth brings about new life a change life when we are preaching through them three chapters in Rome and we found that that this power of sin that control our lives has been broken.
[00:07:29] For those who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s grace here instructs us having renounced.
[00:07:41] Ungodliness and worldly desires we should live soberly righteously godly here and now this transform lives.
[00:07:51] When we preached in the Gospel of John F.. And in talking about abiding in Christ.
[00:07:57] Remember how we talked about how the fruit of the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit is godliness. It’s the character of Christ’s this power of sin that has broken manifests itself a changed life a new life. It produces fruit and more fruit.
[00:08:21] And the purpose of the fruit is want. To bring glory to God.
[00:08:28] Glos on Titus 2 Verse 13 where it says waiting. For our blessid hope. Speaking
[00:08:39] of the Second Advent the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
[00:08:51] You see as the Old Testament and just if you remember reading through the Old Testament the many times that Israel was in bondage to different people the amulet Kite’s in and then at the very end there as the Romans had before it was Babylon.
[00:09:12] They were taken Daniel and his friends were taken aback battle on that. The many people many times maybe most of those times. As a judgment for disobeying God.
[00:09:23] They are put under captivity but they were promised a deliverer a messiah. Who was going to deliver them and they long they hoped for.
[00:09:41] This appearing of this deliver.
[00:09:45] On the morning what we celebrate Palm Sunday remembers Jesus came in on the donkey and how they put palm branches before him and they’re crying now. Hosanna. Hosanna.
[00:10:00] God is high. The Messiah. See they.
[00:10:05] They were expecting the Messiah to deliver.
[00:10:11] To deliver them from the oppression from the bondage at that time to the Romans here. Our King has come he has come to deliver us. He has raised people from the dead.
[00:10:26] He fed thousands of people he has a right and by the end of the week.
[00:10:36] What were they crying out. Crucify him Crucify him.
[00:10:43] See they were expecting the Messiah to deliver them. From the oppression of the Romans. When the Messiah did come. His brother Tim was with same they did not record had I see him as the Messiah as the deliverer because whom they thought would deliver them from the oppression of the Romans. Came to deliver all of us who would believe on Him.
[00:11:13] He delivered us from the power. And most importantly from the penalty. Of our sin and he went through the cross.
[00:11:24] So in the same way as they as they anticipated and was looking towards the deliver.
[00:11:32] The Messiah today on this side of the cross.
[00:11:39] We look toward We look for.
[00:11:42] Jesus Christ to return his second advent.
[00:11:47] And to set up his kingdom here on Earth. So here in verse 13 verses waiting for our blessid hope the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ our blessid hope. Here’s how Jesus described in his second coming and pawpaws at the Pierian of our God and great savior. The present tense this is in the present tense here is this. This expectation is a continuing state that we are in until he returns. And then the Greek word here for waiting that we are waiting often carries a connotation of eagerness.
[00:12:36] I’m excited you think much about the second coming of Christ. That excites you. Highish I read the newspaper answer excites me.
[00:12:51] I see it. I see the evil in Renesys not evil around the world. I hear what we are doing to our own selves to our own children our own families.
[00:13:06] And I go God return.
[00:13:10] With anticipation with excitement I look toward and look forward to the very second coming of Christ.
[00:13:23] Eagerly expecting the return of Christ is the way Grace strange Christians today to renounce sin and live in a godly way. You see setting our minds on the truth found in the Word of God and setting our minds on Christ’s return impels a person to be holy and we see this in first John chapter 3 verses 2 and 3.
[00:13:48] This is what it says it says beloved we are God’s children now and what we will be has not yet appeared.
[00:13:57] But we know that when he appears speaking of His second coming when he appears we shall be like him because we shall see him as he is. And look at this verse three. And every one who thus hopes in him.
[00:14:17] What do they do. Purify himself.
[00:14:22] As he is pure The expectation the anticipation the looking toward and hoping and wishing Jesus’s return should cause all believers to live a life of purity.
[00:14:43] We want to be a clean bride.
[00:14:47] We are called the brook we are. We heard this call. We are the Bride of Christ. And here it says that everyone who hopes in him who who anticipates and hope and looking towards the second coming of Christ purifies himself the one who hopes in him and as unlike unlike the English word hope.
[00:15:14] I hope I get this for Christmas. Is that what a lot of kids are are thinking as we are approaching Christmas. You know they fill out their Christmas list. Oh I hope I get a Barbie or whatever they ask for.
[00:15:32] See that’s not what the Greek word hope here means.
[00:15:37] The Greek word.
[00:15:40] Whole contains no one certainty as you’re hoping that something might happen. The Greek word here for hope speaks of something that is certain but not yet realized. Let me say it again. It’s something that is certain to happen. It just has not been realized yet.
[00:16:02] So it’s not something that why Jesus comes again.
[00:16:07] No our hope is in something that is certain he will come again.
[00:16:12] We are told in the Word of God you know what’s interesting is the Old Testament spoke over and over and over again about the coming of the Messiah and the deliverer and when he came.
[00:16:27] Scripture tells us that his own people.
[00:16:31] Didn’t recognize him as his deliverer they miss them.
[00:16:37] Now we are not going to miss the second advent of Christ. You know I know that. Scripture tells me.
[00:16:48] Scripture tells us that every I shall see him it not visibly every eye when he is coming back on that white horse. It says every eye will see him as the lightning shines from the east to the west.
[00:17:05] In the Gospel of Matthew says every I shall be holding. Him
[00:17:10] coming and they will not mistake it.
[00:17:18] Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
[00:17:31] The believers ultimate destiny is to share in the very glory of God and that hope. Will be realized because Christ Himself secures it. First Timothy one one says Paul.
[00:17:47] An apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus who is our whole.
[00:17:58] Do you have hope today. Life is hard.
[00:18:04] Sickness is rampant heartbreaks are daily.
[00:18:12] But when we have Christ our blessid old that’s in control and Scripture tells us that everything we go through that God is in control of him. He is here and Jesus Christ our very blessed hope.
[00:18:31] Is here with us and without the clear that certain promises are the Word of God. You know if wasn’t for this word. There’d be no basis of hope whatsoever.
[00:18:45] But because of everything that God has promised in the past and every single one of them have come true. We know with certainty that every promise that God gives us.
[00:19:01] As believers. Talking about our blessed and hope will certainly come true.
[00:19:11] And we know that because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ he is who he said he was. And he will do what he says he will do.
[00:19:24] And that gives us hope Romans 5.
[00:19:29] Verses 1 and 2 says therefore having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom also we have obtained our an introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand and we exalt.
[00:19:49] In the hope of the glory of God. Now we go down and we read verses 13 waiting for our blessing.
[00:19:59] Hope the appearing of our of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Verse 14 goes on and said who gave himself.
[00:20:09] For us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good work to redeem us and means to release someone held captive by the payment of a ransom and the price with Christ blood paid to satisfy God’s.
[00:20:35] Justice and it’s and it calls us here of people for his own possession if this is a in a sense a prize a treasure possession and these people will be zealous we are to be zealous. For our good works. So again redemption is tied pacifically to living in a Godly manner here. There’s no room found here for claiming to be redeemed by providing no evidence. Of a practical transformation. In the book of James. It talks about our faith and if we don’t have true saving faith which. Proves itself by fruit.
[00:21:28] Then our faith is dead. I mean Jesus said it himself he said there can be all sorts of people will come to me and I’m going to. I don’t know you and hello.
[00:21:38] Well. We didn’t always say we did miracles we did this and that stuff he said. Now.
[00:21:45] I never knew you and cast them into outer darkness if we are a child of God.
[00:21:55] If we are connected to the vine.
[00:21:59] We will bear fruit.
[00:22:03] You know the day that Jesus ascended into heaven two angels appeared to those people who saw him as sin and they gave his disciples.
[00:22:17] Peace and comfort with this promise you know find this in Acts chapter 1 verse 11. This is what the angel said and he said Men of Galilee why do you stand here looking up into heaven. This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. And Paul describes it this way in first testimony and one of the favorite verses that we will quote at funerals. First Testimony is for 13:18 says. But we do not want you to be uninformed brother in about those who were asleep meaning those who have passed away those who have died. That you may not grieve as well as those others who have no hope.
[00:23:12] For saints. We believe that Jesus died and rose again even so through Jesus.
[00:23:20] God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep those who have died. For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord that we who are alive who are left until the coming of the Lord will not proceed. Those who have fallen asleep the believers who have died for the Lord himself will descend from heaven and with a cry of command and with the voice of an archangel and with the sound of the trumpet of God.
[00:23:52] The dead in Christ will rise first then we who are alive who are left. Will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
[00:24:05] And so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another.
[00:24:13] With these words.
[00:24:16] See uncertainty. Uncertainty is a part of life. We deal with it every day. We go through periods of time.
[00:24:26] Where we are uncertain about our money.
[00:24:28] Maybe our jobs our relationships our health even our faith even when we think we are certain about them.
[00:24:38] Life has some way of throwing a wrench into the works.
[00:24:44] One routine doctor visit can make you go from being certain about your health.
[00:24:51] To being terrified about what’s going to happen next. One meeting with the boss can take you from being certain about your job to looking for a new one.
[00:25:05] One fight. With your spouse. Can take you from being certain about your marriage to contemplating divorce. You know we hate uncertainty but that’s a part of life missy.
[00:25:22] That’s when hope that that’s true. In biblical hope. Brings peace hope.
[00:25:32] Is the belief that God will work out everything.
[00:25:37] For good even though we have no idea. What challenge life.
[00:25:44] Is going to bring us next because we put our lives in his hands we can rest and have peace knowing that he’s in charge he’s in control.
[00:25:56] But you see if he was not an all powerful all knowing sovereign controlling God. We could replace ourself in his hand. But you see he’s a loving God.
[00:26:10] And he will not let us go through anything that he has not prepared us and given us the grace the scripture tells us that his grace is sufficient to meet every single need and circumstance in our lives.
[00:26:30] When we see God’s working with man and how he has kept every promise including providing a deliver that gives us hope.
[00:26:39] And because God is always faithful to keep his promises we can be assured of the Second Advent the second coming of Christ. First Peter 1:13 says it this way.
[00:26:50] Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
[00:27:02] See that’s what we are to fix our hope on the revelation that Jesus Christ is returning the hope that Jesus is not just it’s not a temporary one.
[00:27:15] It’s the promise of eternity with God because of what.
[00:27:21] Christ did.
[00:27:24] At the cross of Calvary he died on the cross. So that you don’t have to. He paid the price for our sins so that you don’t have to go on as madly in love with you.
[00:27:42] He is standing in the corner with you for you.
[00:27:51] Life is not fair here. But don’t ever ever forget.
[00:28:01] That the very God he came in the flesh to earth. That on Pentecost he came in the spirit. And indwells every single child of God he never leaves you. He will never forsake you. Look to Him. Don’t look at your circumstances. Don’t look at what’s going on.
[00:28:31] Look. For your home.
[00:28:37] Or God if there is anything in the story of the manger. It’s that whole has come in the flesh and that whole was Jesus and you are here with us today and the very presence of the Holy Spirit at a time that many of us need hope.
[00:29:02] We need encouragement. We need that peace that passes all understanding.
[00:29:09] So long as we reflect upon you your goodness your power your love in our lives that you will not let us go through anything that you have not for dên and prepared us to go through.
[00:29:23] Maybe we’re up to our hope. Brain that anticipation into our hearts.
[00:29:30] That love that joy that we can have in knowing that the God of God the King of Kings the Lord of Lords is with us and loves us and we pray this in Jesus name Amen.