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Sep 13, 2020 | Randy Gunter

Patiently Anticipating Christ’s Return

Patiently Anticipating Christ’s Return

7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. (James 5:7-9 ESV)

We should expect persecution and oppression. Opposition is rising.

We enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations (Acts 14:22).

Jesus said to his followers: Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…. (John 15:20 ESV)

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 1 Peter 4:12-14 (ESV)

How are we to respond to growing opposition to Christ, his message, his commands, and his people?

Be patient (long-suffering) until the Lord returns.

Acts 1:9-11

We all would do well to focus daily on what Jesus helped his disciples to focus on between his resurrection and his ascension.

  1. Christ is alive!
  2. Read and understand the Bible
  3. Live in the power of the Holy Spirit
  4. Be on mission—make disciples, baptize, and teach all people
  5. Watch for the Lord’s return

Anticipating and being attentive to the Lord’s return is essential. Matthew 24:27

Knowing Jesus’ promise to come again is a great motivator for us to pursue his mission, faithfully obey his commands, and live with purposefulness and anticipation.

Hardship moves people to hope more in the Lord’s second coming. Although challenging, it is the stormy banks of life that reset our eternal focus.

Jesus is returning (Parousia)! 

Establish your hearts as you anticipate the Lord’s return. (James 5:8)

Establishing our hearts means to strengthen our hearts; to be resolute.  When you’re weary, lonely, broken, and sorrowful, strengthen your heart with the certainty that the Lord’s coming is at hand.

Do not turn on one another with complaints since the Lord, the Judge, is ready to return. (James 5:9)

When we face trouble, let’s not turn on one another. Instead, let’s consciously consider:

  • Jesus is sovereign over all, so trust him and seek his will.
  • Jesus’ return is at hand, so live expectantly.
  • Everyone will stand before Jesus as Judge and give an account. Live without regret.

Series Information

An in-depth study of the book of James. 

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