The Unfinished Story of Christmas
2 Thessalonians 1:7-11; 2:1-12 (Program: 2266, Air dates: 12.7.2014 & 12.14.2014)
A. The Jesus who came the first time as a baby in a manger is coming again.
B. Christmas is not complete without the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
C. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-11
D. Luke 1:31-33
E. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
II. WE NEED NOT BE DISTURBED. (2 Thessalonians 1:7)
A. Think of the “who” of His coming.
i. 2 Thessalonians 1:7
ii. 2 Thessalonians 1:10
iii. Acts 1:11
B. Think of the “when” of His coming.
i. 2 Thessalonians 1:10
ii. Matthew 24:36
iii. Malachi 4:2
C. Think of the “wonder” of His coming. (2 Thessalonians 1:10)
i. We will wonder at His transforming love.
ii. We will wonder at His amazing grace.
1. Acts 16:31
2. Isaiah 64:6
iii. We will wonder at His keeping power.
III. WE SHOULD NOT BE DECEIVED. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
A. All through Jesus’ earthly ministry, Satan tried to destroy Him.
B. Now we come to the last days when Satan’s final blasphemy will be carried out in the form of the antichrist.
C. In this passage, the antichrist is referred to as “the man of sin” and “the son of perdition.”
i. Revelation 13:1
D. Satan has always desired to be worshiped.
i. Isaiah 14:13-14
E. At the end of the age, Satan will gain the worship on the earth that he wants.
i. 2 Thessalonians 2:4
F. 2 Thessalonians 2:7 refers to the unbelievable wickedness in the world today as “the mystery of iniquity.”
i. This passage also mentions a restraining force.
ii. What is restraining Satan today?
1. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The Holy Spirit of God, who lives in the church.
iii. When the church and the Holy Spirit are removed through the rapture, the Great Tribulation will begin.
IV. WE WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)
A. There are two aspects of Jesus’ coming:
i. He will first come secretly for His bride, the church.
ii. He will then come sovereignly as the King.
B. Jesus came the first Christmas to die in the sinner’s place. He’s coming the second Christmas to receive the sinner to Himself.
C. Our faith looks backward to a crucified Savior, our love looks upward to a crowned Savior, and our hope looks forward to a coming Savior.