The Return of the King

Looking Forward to the Second Coming of the Messiah!

July 14, 2013 AM

Pastor Craig Ledbetter

Bible Baptist Church, Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland


I.       Introduction – The Return of the King!


A.    Jesus was King of the Jews (Matt 2:1,2) – the promised Messiah

B.     Yet, not many people really believed that Jesus of Nazareth could have been THE Messiah!

C.     Jesus was even mocked as he was dying on the cross, as the pitiful King of the Jews (Mt 27:29, 37)

D.    Yet, that is exactly what Jesus was!

E.     It was just His first coming.

F.      He IS coming again!


II.    An Example (1Sam 16:1-13)


A.    David was chosen to be the king of Israel many years before he actually received the kingdom. It was 7 long years before young David was crowned king of Israel. He was not welcome in the realm. At least not yet. Not until his enemies were destroyed!

B.     So also the Lord Jesus Christ had been chosen to take over the kingdoms of this world and rule as God's "KING OF KINGS" (Rev. 11:15; 19:16). He is not quite welcome. But one day soon, it will happen! The King will return!


III. Message


A.    What the Biblical Messiah Had to Accomplish – a Tall Order!


1.      Every Jew knew this list! That is why they examined Jesus and His disciples. They knew what to expect of the Messiah.

2.      He had to be a second Moses – and establish even better laws than Moses did
Deut 18:15  The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

3.      He had to be a second David – and rule a greater kingdom than David had

4.      He had to be a second Melchizedek – a perfect priest, better than Aaron, and established a better covenant – the New Testament
Heb 7:11  If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, … what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec…?

5.      He had to be a Teacher both of the Jewish people AND of the Gentiles

a.       Isa 11:10  And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek

b.      Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

c.       Isa 42:6  I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

6.      He had to come in power ‘with clouds’
Dan 7:13  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

7.      He had to be able to do all kinds miracles – 8 different impossible miracles (Isa 35:5-6)

8.      He had to restore the earth to Paradise like it was in the beginning (Isaiah 41:18-20)

9.      He had to bring world-wide peace – no more war
Isa 2:4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

10.  He had to come in weakness ‘on a donkey’

11.  He had to be a Rejected Messiah

12.  He had to be a Betrayed Messiah

13.  He had to be a killed-and-resurrected king

14.  He had to be a ‘stone of stumbling’, upsetting everyone’s expectations

15.  He had to be a Suffering Servant

16.  He had to be Ruler of All Nations (and destroyer of all wicked, so there could be peace in the world)

17.  He had to be the Sacrifice for the sins of all Israel

18.  He had to Release Israel from bondage to foreign powers

19.  He had to Save all those who only believed in Him from the coming wrath to come!


B.     What Jesus Accomplished the First Time – Quite a bit! And He accomplished only this part, on purpose!


1.      He established even better laws than expected – the entire New Testament

2.      He rules a greater kingdom – one that was not only Jewish!

3.      He is a perfect priest – better than Aaron, and established a better covenant – the New Covenant
Jer 31:31,32  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake

4.      He was the greatest Teacher both of the Jewish people AND of the Gentiles

5.      He was able to do all miracles – most of which had never been done before (Mt 15:31):


a.       The mute speaking

b.      The crippled made well

c.       The lame walking

d.      And the blind seeing

e.       These were never healed in the Old Testament!


6.      He came in weakness - in a manger, in poverty, and ‘on a donkey’

7.      He was a Rejected Messiah (Isa 53)

8.      He was a Betrayed Messiah (Psalm 41)

9.      He was God’s Suffering Servant (Isa 53)

10.  He was killed-and-resurrected (Jonah, Mt 12:40)

11.  He had to be Sacrifice for the sins of Israel

12.  He is to this day a ‘stone of stumbling’, upsetting everyone’s expectations
Isa 8:14  And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

13.  He Saves all those who only believe in Him
Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


C.    But What About the Rest?


1.      It is easy to see that He came first to be our High priest – as mediator for sins!


a.       As the Suffering Messiah, the Son of Joseph

b.      And to die so that we could be made clean and righteous!


2.      But what about the remaining things that have been left undone?

3.      He is simply coming again!


a.       as the Sovereign Messiah, the Son of King David

b.      To destroy all enemies, so that even the earth itself can be pure and righteous!


4.      Very Confusing if there are not Two Comings of the Same Messiah


D.    Comparison


He came the first time                             He comes the second time

a.       As the step-son of Joseph                   As the direct son of King David

b.      Silently at night                                   Like lightning (Mt 24:27)

c.       Only to shepherds                               Every eye shall see Him (Rev 1:7)

d.      In weakness and frailty                       With power and great glory (Mt 24:30)

e.       In chains, condemned                         Sitting on the right hand of power (Mt 26:64)

f.       To die for the world                            To rule the world

g.      To set up the kingdom of God           To set up the kingdom of heaven (Dan 2:44)


2.      Since this great Kingdom wasn't established at the First Coming of Christ, it must still be established at His Second Coming.


a.       God knew that the Jews would reject His Son; so He meant that Christ's shed Blood on Calvary would serve as an atonement for the sin of the world. This was God's plan all along--to come into the world and pay for the sins of all men (John 1:29; Rev 13:8).

b.      So the First Coming was one of suffering and shame, but the Second Coming will be one of glory, honour, and praise (1 Pet 1:10-12).

c.       The first time Jesus received a crown of thorns, but when He comes again He will have MANY crowns (Rev 19:12).

d.      He was the "lamb of God" when He came the first time, but He will be the "lion of the tribe of Judah" the second time (Rev 5:5).

e.       The First Coming gave Jesus Christ to the world, but the Second Coming will give the world to Jesus Christ!


E.     Are you ready for His Second Coming?


1.      It’s NOT a pipe-dream; Not a fairy tale. But the only hope for all people!

2.      The Second Coming is all about God's righteous King returning to this earth and taking what rightfully belongs to Him. Christians should be rejoicing!

3.      The Lord Jesus Christ, the Captain of your Salvation (if you're saved), will soon return to this earth and set things in order and YOU can be on the winning side!

4.      Yet so many can ignore (and will ignore) the first coming of Jesus of Nazareth – to their own ruin!


IV. Conclusion – Don’t wait too long!


A.    Don’t Wait for all of that to Happen before You believe (2Cor 6:2) – Because it will be too late!

B.     Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:30,31)!
Peter on the day of Pentecost preached to a crowd of 70-80,000 people who were terrified of the prospect that Jesus was coming back in their lifetime!
Don’t put off the decision to follow Jesus!

C.     Be Patient (James 5:7,8) – He is coming!


1.      Don’t get discouraged

2.      Be like a farmer, who has planted, and watered and fertilised his crops – and now must wait for the harvest!

3.      The world is changing and rocking to and fro – and we need to anchor our hearts so that we don’t get tossed to and from with society


D.    Be Watchful - Expectant (2Tim 4:8) “love his soon appearing” – special reward!

E.     Be Holy (Tit 2:11-13) “live soberly, righteously, and godly” – don’t throw away your life

F.      Be Faithful (Mat 24:42-47) – so few are even trying to stay faithful!