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We come this morning to this wonderful seventeenth chapter of Luke's gospel. Luke chapter 17 and our theme is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. We're dealing with verses 22 through verse 37...Luke 17:22 through 27. This is a prolonged presentation of our Lord's Second Coming that comes from His own lips. You might say this is Jesus on His Second Coming. We are hearing it straight from the Lord Himself. It is not a presentation of the chronology of His Second Coming, or the sequential events. There will be a more sequential, chronological presentation by our Lord in the twenty-first chapter of the gospel of Luke. But here we have not a chronological treatment of His coming but a description of it. This is to help us with the nature of that event. And in one particular aspect, and that is that it will be a judgment. While we as believers look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ because it will bring Him glory, and because He will establish His Kingdom on earth and He will bind Satan and righteousness and truth and peace will prevail over the earth as He reigns spiritually and physically in Jerusalem over the world, and that's all positive, and that Kingdom will be launched only with those who are the Savior's own by faith, we look forward to that. We look forward to the Kingdom aspects of Christ's return. We long for that day when we will reign with Him and enjoy the fullness of all the blessings and promises originally given to the patriarchs and to David and even to the prophets in the New Covenant. But that's not all that occurs in the Second Coming of Christ. It's not just the Kingdom and glory and blessing and prosperity and righteousness and peace prevailing in the earth, before that happens there will be the most horrific consummate complete devastating judgment the world has ever, or will ever know. And so as our Lord talks about Second Coming in this particular text, it is a focus on the judgment. It is looking at the nature of His return as a judgment event. This is all precipitated by the fact that Jesus talked about the Kingdom all the time. He preached about the Kingdom all the time. And in a mocking, scoffing way, the Pharisees say to Him in the query that is certainly in their minds if not on their lips, verse 20, "When is the Kingdom of God coming?" You keep talking about it. I think it's a sarcastic, scornful, mocking approach because they had already rejected Him as their King and their Messiah and He was much an unlikely King, He didn't appear to be the King they had anticipated by all their understanding of Old Testament prophecy. There was no splendor. There was no glory. There was...there were no signs in earth and signs in heaven of massive proportions and He attacked their religion rather than confirming it, for all those reasons and others they had rejected Him as King. And now I think in a mocking way, they ask, "When is that Kingdom you keep talking about going to come?" And He answers them, "It's not coming with signs to be observed." The first phase of this Kingdom is not external, it's not universal, it's not physical, rather...verse 21...He says the Kingdom of God is within you....

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