How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 62 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #277)
TEXT: Zechariah 9:9-10
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.
William Culbertson said, “Sometimes those of us who hold that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again are spoken of as pessimists. I think it can be truly said that we are really the only ones who have any right to be optimistic.”
In our last message we looked at what was revealed to Zecharaiah about the Kingship of Jesus and how it should give us hope due to His authority, justice, salvation, and humility.
Second, Jesus is coming to reign. Kenneth Barker notes that the phrase translated, “your king is coming to you” can also be translated, “your king is coming for you,” that is, “for your benefit.” Verse 9 predicted the first coming of Jesus so that we could be saved from sin and Hell. Verse 10 predicts His second coming to establish a dominion of peace over all the earth. Zechariah writes that the Messiah will cut off instruments of warfare, like chariots, warhorses, and bows from His Kingdom. There will be no need for such weaponry in Jesus’s great kingdom of peace. Zechariah then quotes from Psalm 72:8 to say that the Messiah will reign “from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.” This is poetic language showing that Jesus will have worldwide dominion. Bob Shirock said, “This is a picture of the future Messiah who would come to reconcile the world to God. Matthew actually quotes from Zechariah as he writes about Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. This is a future picture of the first coming of the Messiah as the Lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world. In His first advent, the Messiah comes on a donkey (a sign of peace) to secure the salvation of mankind. Jesus said, “I came to seek and save that which was lost.” In His second advent, He will come riding upon a white horse (a sign of conquest) to establish His earthly kingdom. So he came the first time to die for our salvation, but the next time He will come to reign. In this passage we are given a glimpse into both His first and second advent. For the last two thousand years, we have the advantage of living in the light of Jesus’ first advent. We have the historical record of His life, death and resurrection. We understand from scripture that Jesus is the only way to God the Father. We live in the reality of His first coming and the truth that we can be saved by the person and work of Christ. We also live in the light of the promise of His second advent. This is hope that we hold onto to know that Jesus will one day return to set up His kingdom upon this earth.” Zechariah predicts that the Messiah will come in to set up a worldwide Kingdom. Those who accepted the salvation brought by Jesus Christ at His first coming will meet their Saviour with joy at His second coming. Those who rejected the salvation will meet their Judge to their doom at His second coming. Christians can have hope knowing that their Saviour is coming to reign.
Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.