Welcome back Bible students! We’re in day 2 of a short series regarding the return of King Jesus. This is part of a larger Bible study I’m teaching live at Calvary Community Church in Phoenix AZ. (Info here…all are welcome.) I hope you enjoy this short online version!
If you missed yesterday’s introduction, you may want to check out Conditions of the King’s Return before moving on, as we discussed the 3 conditions that must be met for King Jesus to return. Moving right along…
Jesus refers to Himself as both “Son of God” (Matthew 16:15-17) and “Son of Man” (Luke 22:66-71) in the New Testament. I believe that is to help us understand that He is both 100% God and 100% man…an impossibility for anyone else! However, in Revelation 22:16 He says, “I am the Root and Offspring of David.” What’s that about? Well, we know Jesus is a descendant of David (Matthew 1:1-17). But did you know David was a forerunner of Jesus? Just as Isaac on the sacrificial altar was a picture of Jesus, David is a picture of Jesus.
Why is that important? Because we’re talking about the Davidic Covenant, the covenant of triumph! Who triumphs? And who sits on the throne during the Davidic Covenant? Jesus Christ! He will reign from Jerusalem, and the Bible says that people will come up year to year to worship and celebrate at the Feast of Tabernacles! (Jeremiah 3:17, Zechariah 14:16)
But…King Jesus must be invited back! In 2 Samuel 19, King David had fled the city, over the Mount of Olives, to weep and mourn over great loss. (Jesus also wept over the city from the Mount of Olives!) David was king and his people were slow to bring him home after the tragedy of losing his son. Likewise, the Jewish people are slow to bring King Jesus home after His sacrifice on the cross!
As Jesus approached that fateful day when He would die for the sins of the entire world, He tarried on the Mount of Olives, where He lamented:
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Do you hear the agony? Do you feel the pain? Jesus wept, not because of what He was about to face physically, but what His people were about to miss spiritually. They missed the day of their visitation, according to Luke 19:44.
But there is something else critically important in that passage: Jesus will not return until He hears the words, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” THAT is His invitation back. He is a gentleman and will not “barge in” on His people, but rather, will await their invitation.
But wait…there’s more! Remember Revelation 22:16, where Jesus introduces Himself as the Root and Offspring of David? Well, read the entire verse!
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
He is also the bright morning star! Revelation 2:26-28 says that to those who overcome, He (Jesus) will give him the morning star. 2 Peter 1:19 tells us that the morning star will rise in our hearts! Hmmm…kinda sounds like King Jesus has a part for us Gentiles to play in His return as well. But that’s for another day! Come back for that.
Meanwhile, focus with me. Jesus is awaiting an invitation from the Jewish people to return home. He longs to hear, “Baruch haba b’shem Adonai”….Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Prayer warriors, that’s a prayer point if I even saw one! Will you join me in praying that the Jewish people will welcome their King home…that Jesus will soon hear, “Baruch haba b’shem Adonai!” (That’s the Hebrew transliteration of “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”)
Jesus…save! Then, please come quickly!
(To be continued tomorrow! See you then!)