“In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
— Matthew 26:64, niv
Have you ever heard the voice of someone you’ve never met, such as a radio personality, and created a mental image of that person, and then when you saw the person, were you surprised that his or her appearance was completely different from your expectations? I think when it comes to the second coming of Jesus, some people have in their minds a very different picture from that which will actually come to pass. I have this opinion because I think many people anticipate Christ’s second coming to be a carbon copy of His first.
But consider this:
The first time He came, He was despised and rejected; the second time He will be glorified and admired by all who believe.
He came to hang upon a cross; He will come to sit upon a throne.
He came in dim obscurity; He will come in bright splendor.
He came to be seen by only a few; He will come to be seen by all, for every eye shall see Him; many shall rejoice at His coming, and many will weep because of Him.
He came to be judged for us; He will come as judge over all of us.
Instead of anticipating Christ as the suffering servant He was on earth, we must expect the majestic, triumphant Christ, who will return in power and glory. Because we expect His victorious return, we have a glorious hope. As you walk with Christ each and every day, ask Him to prepare you for that great and magnificent day when you shall finally see Him face to face.