Magazine article Anglican Journal

The Second Coming of Christ

Magazine article Anglican Journal

The Second Coming of Christ

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IN MANY CIRCLES of our church, outside of the liturgy itself you don't hear much about the second coming of Christ. It is a major article of our faith, with the same status as the birth of Christ or the Resurrection. To our ancestors in the faith, the proclamation that Christ is coming again was not just a doctrine to believe, it was a source of constant hope and great inspiration. Certainly, not everyone has forgotten, but the return of Christ does not flavour our preaching and teaching in the way it used to among our ancestors of faith.

Perhaps we have lost sight of it in the comforts of our time. Perhaps it is too fearful an idea. For some, it might appear too fanciful. In any case, its disappearance should make us wonder.

For the poor, marginalized and threatened, knowing that Christ is coming again--and, as Scripture insists, soon or perhaps quickly--has always been a cherished hope, perhaps even an experience--some claim they experience the first movements of Christ's second coming, here and now. …

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