Sunday, March 20, 2011

"the second time to reign"

The second coming of Christ will be utterly unlike the first. He came the first time in weakness, a tender infant born of a poor woman in the manger at Bethlehem, unnoticed, unhonoured and scarcely known. He will come the second time in royal dignity, with the armies of heaven around Him, to be known, recognized and feared by all the scribes of the earth. He came the first time to suffer - to bear our sins- to be reckoned a curse - to be despised, rejected, unjustly condemned and slain. He will come the second time to reign - to put down every enemy beneath His feet - to take the kingdoms of this world for His inheritance - to rule them with righteousness - to judge everybody, and to live forevermore.

J.C. Ryle's commentary on Mark 13
Crossway Classic Commentaries, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels. Page 210

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