The Advents of Christ

Luke 21:27, “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

Advent concluded some days ago. “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning, “coming.” Every season of Advent, we celebrate the coming of our Lord as a lowly infant in the flesh, and after Christmas we look forward to His second coming. This coming is in stark contrast to His first. He came and “was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not” (Isaiah 53:3). Christ came in weakness and foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:27). But when He comes again, He will come with great power and glory! And this is no secret coming, as purported by those misinformed dispensationalists. No, Christ describes His coming as a public event. He came into this world as an infant in a manger in the small town of Bethlehem that only a select few knew about. But when He comes again, “every eye will see Him,” even those who killed Him on the cross, and even every nation will see Him (Revelation 1:7). This is the joyous news of every Advent! He has come and is coming again with great power and glory!

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