Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Dear Christian friends, the readings for Sunday are: Matthew 25:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70.

How much do we really know about the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ? Naturally, we have lots of questions many of which God’s Word simply doesn’t answer. But Scripture makes no secret about those aspects of His return that are essential for our comfort, encouragement, and even our salvation. The next three Sundays take us to the end of the Church Calendar year and are an excellent opportunity for us to grow in our understanding of this important¬†doctrine that we confess every Sunday in the creeds: “He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead.”

In the parable of the ten virgins, Jesus warns us to “keep watch” because we don’t know when his return will be (Matt. 25). St. Paul informs us on the another important – but rarely-discussed – teaching connected with Jesus’ return – the resurrection of the dead (1 Thess. 4). And the prophet Amos warns that for those whom Jesus finds living in unrepentant sin, it will be a day of terrifying darkness (Amos 5).

Do you have questions about the 2nd Coming of Christ? Don’t waste your time with books and movies that draw¬†from human imagination. Go right to the source of God’s Word and read for yourself why this is a Day that every Christian should be looking forward to with great joy and anticipation.