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  • Writer's pictureBishop Mesrop Parsamyan

GREAT LENT - Day 38: Wednesday

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war-horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall command peace to the nations; his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth" (Zachariah 9:9-10).

These two short verses in the prophecy of Zachariah summarize our Lord Jesus Christ's First and Second coming. His First Coming is described as one of meekness and humility when, through His sacrifice, Jesus Christ granted humanity the gift of salvation and restored divine justice. His Second Coming will be with glory and might. Christ will destroy all the weapons of war between nations and establish His peace over the entire universe, as described by the prophet: "His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth."

In the Gospel of Matthew, our Lord Jesus Christ describes His Second Coming, which will take place with glory and might (Matthew 24:30; 26:64). In the Book of Revelations, the Apostle already tells us that we will witness our Lord Jesus Christ return to earth. He will arrive not on a donkey but on a white horse, ready to wage war against all His enemies (Revelation 19:11-16). And at that time, all of humanity will stand before Him, in the words of the Apostle, for He is "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords" (Revelation 19:16).

The First Coming of Jesus Christ was a joyful and celebratory event for those who believed and trusted in their God. In the same way, His Second Coming will be celebratory for all Christians, for we will finally meet our Savior and God. However, those who in this life rejected or renounced Jesus Christ will stand before His judgment described in Revelation: "He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty" (Revelation 19:15).

Therefore, come and let us trust in God's Word, live according to His commandments, and dwell in His presence. Let us be empowered through our faith and inspired through our spiritual joy, and wait for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with this awaited hope: "When these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28).

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