If you see two mountains from a distance, it’s possible to mistake them for one mountain. Many people make the same mistake with the First and Second Advents of Christ. What is the difference, and what does each mean to us today?

During the First Advent, Jesus Christ came to Earth as a baby. He was born of the Virgin Mary, and grew up learning the skills of a carpenter. He began His ministry when He was about 30 years old. For the next three years, Christ chose 12 disciples, taught the people about the Kingdom of God, and performed many miracles. But the most significant part of Christ’s First Advent was His crucifixion and Resurrection. By these two events, Jesus paid for our sins and gave us eternal life by grace through faith.

The Second Advent of Christ will be even better than the first one. This will take place at the end of the seven-year Tribulation Period. The Bible says at this time, Jesus will return to Earth with all of the believers who were in Heaven. Christ will return to the Mt. of Olives, and the entire nation of Israel will believe in Him. The Antichrist will be cast into the Lake of Fire, and Satan will be bound for 1,000 years. From this time forward, Jesus will reign over the world from the throne He sets up. Believers will be able to rule and reign with Him forever.

What you do about Christ’s First Advent 2,000 years ago will determine what you do with Him in His Second Advent in the future. Why don’t you put your trust in Jesus today? Just believe that He died on the cross to pay for all of your sins. Then He rose again from the dead, proving His payment had been accepted. That’s the gospel. It’s a message that will not only send you to Heaven, but it will also make sure you come back with Christ when He returns to reign on Earth. Plan ahead and accept this message while there’s still time.

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Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder