Hey girls, I want to share with you a very cool observation that my husband, Dave, made recently. We were sitting at our dining table, talking about what to fill our last two weeks of youth group with this year. We’re starting a new series about the book of Revelation and the End Times when we resume meeting in January.
Dave and I wanted to bring a new perspective on the traditional Christmas teachings, and we wanted to do it in a way that would lead into our new teaching series, if possible. Dave had a great idea: What if we talked about the differences between the first time Jesus came to Earth and the second time He’s coming!
So that’s what we’re going to look at today—the differences between the first and second comings of Jesus Christ.
The first time Jesus came to this earth, you could say the theme of His arrival was humility. Let’s look at the evidence for that, shall we?
- Jesus was born to an unremarkable young woman and her husband. Okay, now we know that Mary was an amazing woman of God because of the tremendous burden she bore for God, and that God favored her enough to give her that responsibility. Within her community, however, Mary was an unremarkable Jewish teen girl. There was nothing particularly special about her until she was chosen to bear the Messiah.
- Jesus was born in a barn and laid in a food trough. The King of kings wasn’t born in a palace and laid in a golden crib. He was born in a dirty barn, on a dirt floor (maybe there was some hay), and laid in an animal’s feeding trough (that’s essentially what a manger is).
- Jesus came as a baby. How much power and authority do babies have? That’s right, none!
- Who was informed about Jesus’s birth? Shepherds, that’s who (and some sheep). When the angels showed up with this amazing news, they didn’t go to the rulers of the world and tell them. They found some random shepherds in a field somewhere and told them. How did that conversation go in heaven?
Angel 1: So, who should we tell the big news to?
Angel 2: Um…kings? Rulers? Rich people?
Angel 3: Ooh! Ooh! I know! Let’s tell some shepherds!
Angels 1 and 2: TOTALLY!!! (High fives all around)
There was very little pomp and circumstance on the earth regarding Jesus’s birth. The circumstances surrounding His birth were clothed in humility.
Now let’s look at the future coming of Jesus. Revelation 19, starting in verse 11, gives a different description of Jesus than the one we read in the Gospels.
- Jesus is coming back riding a white horse. (Rev. 19:11) Until I read this, I didn’t even know that Jesus knew how to ride a horse. I knew He rode a donkey, but that was kind of a brief ride.
- Jesus has eyes like blazing fire. (Rev. 19:12) Not that you can see fire reflected in His eyes, but it would almost be more accurate to say that His eyes literally are blazing fire (not exactly like yours or mine).
- Jesus wears many crowns. (Rev 19:12) Not one crown, but many. He isn’t a king—He’s the KING of kings.
- Jesus wears a robe dipped in blood and His title is “the Word of God.” (Rev. 19:13; John 1:1) If you command the enemy army and you see a guy whose armor is dipped in blood, you’re probably going to be a little intimidated. The blood that Jesus’s robe is dipped in is His blood; the blood by which we’re saved.
- Jesus commands the armies of heaven. (Rev. 19:14) How many soldiers do you think that is? One million? Ten million? More? Jesus is the commander, not a baby or a compassionate teacher anymore, but the commander of soldiers.
- Jesus has a sharp sword coming out of His mouth. (Rev. 19:15) That sword will strike down the nations and destroy the army of the enemy.
This is a little different from the description of the humble baby in a barn. You could say the theme of the second coming of Jesus is power and authority or, as one of my students put it, “awesomeness.”
Girls, next time you have a battle to fight, remember: Our Jesus isn’t a baby in a manger anymore; He’s an army commander with eyes like blazing fire. Then offer your battle the chance to surrender.
“Blessing any honor and glory and power belong to the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” —Revelation 5:13b
Girls, have you ever considered the differences between Jesus’s first and second comings?
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