Continuing our series on The Treasure in the Field, The Coming of the King

The Bible talks a lot of about the coming of Jesus. The Old Testament is full of promises of his coming. But when he had come, there is still more talk of his coming. Coming again. In fact, it looks like he is coming and coming and coming again. He told his first disciples that they would see him “coming in his kingdom” (Mt 16:28). He tells them again in John 14:23 that he is coming – but there it seems to be a “spiritual coming” where he comes to “make his home” with us. We are in danger of being as unclear about what the Bible means by the coming of Jesus as the Jews were in the first century when they failed to recognize his coming.

To make it even more confusing, in some sense the coming of Jesus might even refer to the going of Jesus! One of the frequently quoted “coming passages” speaks of Jesus as “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mt 24:30). But on closer inspection, we see that this is quoting from Daniel 7:13,14 where this great figure is coming to the Ancient of Days to take a throne – so from heaven’s persepctive he is coming toward them. Which means that from our point of view this “coming” is really a “going”!

And while there are numerous scriptures that clearly speak of the coming of the king as the great, decisive end-of-history event, there are other passages that make it clear that the coming King has already come. So how are we to unravel all these various strands? And more importantly, how are we to respond his coming in its multi-faceted expressions? The idea that the “king has come” was blasphemous to the Jews who saw a crucified claimant to the throne. And it is still blasphemous today – for in a humanist world where man is god, the claim that Jesus is God and King is the ultimate blasphemy against the god of this age.

You can read the whole chapter: The Coming of the King
Or, you can listen to Chapter 2 as audio files: Part one, Part two and Part three.

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