The Coming One
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
One of the many names given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is that found in Revelation 1:4 which translated literally means "the coming One."
Now, please understand that upon the mention of this name of Christ, John breaks into a glorious ascription of praise. In verse 5 he speaks of Him as "the faithful witness," and "the first begotten of the dead," and "the prince of the kings of the earth." Then notice what he says in the last part of verse 5. "Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
It is as though while John was dictating the mind of the Holy Spirit, when he came to mention the name of Jesus he could be seated no longer, but he arose. And then he knelt in adoration and in glory, in worship and in exaltation at the very name of the Son of God our Savior. "Unto him...be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
The believer who takes the Bible as the authority for what he believes reads, first of all, of
I. THE CHRIST WHO DID COME
Nearly 2000 years ago Christ came. When He was born in Bethlehem, that birth was a fulfillment of a prophecy spoken hundreds of years earlier by the prophet Micah in chapter 5 and verse 2: "But thou, Bethlehem, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."
When Herod the king heard of the quest of the wise men looking for a king who should be born, whose star they had seen in the east, and asked the chief priests and scribes where Christ should be born, they knew the answer -- Bethlehem. So it was to Bethlehem that the wise men came. Now, what was the significance of that first coming into the world of the Christ?
To the Christian it speaks of the proof of the loving of God. ...
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