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Jesus’ Second Coming


Christ’s second coming will differ from the first. The first was his humble incarnation to invite humanity to reconciliation and to offer his life as a ransom for our salvation. The second will be in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. In Peter’s view, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out” (2 Pet 3:10). Jesus foretold his glorious coming to judge the nations. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him” (Mt 25:31-32). “The Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay everyone according to his conduct” (Mt 16:27).

The revelation of Jesus on his second coming with power and glory (Mt 24:30) was comforting and promising for the apostles, who had misunderstood Jesus as an earthly king. They found justification for their giving up everything for Jesus during his public ministry and for undergoing persecution and martyrdom for the Church.


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