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Understanding that Jesus expects us to fast and watch and wait for his return can remind us that loneliness is a part of our fallen world that will draw to a final end at the coming of our Bridegroom. By the Spirit we, the bride of Christ, cry out for the return of the Lover of our souls even as we know his presence by faith.
Up to this point, the portraits of Jesus’ return have focused on what he will look like—not his physical features but the spectacle of his return as Warrior King or Bridegroom. But when the New Testament pictures Jesus as Judge, the emphasis is not only on what he will look like but also on what ...
Jesus will come not only as the resurrected one but as the resurrecting one. In his resurrection Jesus was not only a living being like the first Adam but, as the last Adam, “a life-giving spirit” (1 Cor. 15:45). Jesus will return to change you, to make you forever new.