To Ponder:

More glorious than the return of the mightiest conqueror from the field of triumph, more glorious than the proclamation and coronation of kings and emperors. These occurrences are but faint emblems of “the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” It will be magnificent and glorious. “When He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed!” 2 Thessalonians 1:10. He will not appear then as the subject of poverty and weakness, and contempt, as he did at his first coming, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not!” Isaiah 53:2-3. “There were many who were appalled at him — his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man, and his form marred beyond human likeness!” Isaiah 52:14. But he shall come the second time very differently, “They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory!” Matthew 24:30. He will come with a personal glory and majesty exceeding that described in Isaiah 6:1-4, or that by Daniel 7:9, or that by John, Revelation 1:13, etc.Compared with Christ’s power, the power of all earthly kings is but the power of the moth. And compared with his glory, the splendor of regal pomp is but the glimmering of the glowworm! He shall come with the power of Omnipotence. That power by which he made the universe, he shall bring with him to punish his foes. He shall come with all the glory of his perfections shining brighter than ten thousands suns! He shall come with the glory of his spotless and exalted humanity, and with all the glorious majesty of his divinity! (William Nicholson, 1862)

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