The Coming Day of the Lord
Topic: AM Service Passage: Zechariah 14:1–14:21
Life is full of challenges. Each of those challenges is difficult to face because we doubt what the outcome will be. We are unsure whether we will have success in our career; we wonder whether our relationships will turn out well; and even with the best of planning, we wonder whether we have prepared sufficiently for our future. Circumstances abound with trials, but it is uncertainty that keeps us up at night. What if we could know that our circumstances would infallibly work out well? How would we face the challenges of the day? Such certainty would allow us to be calm and prepared in the face of any difficulty, wouldn’t it? The Lord our God knows our frame, and because of this, He has chosen to reveal to us the end of all things. The Christian life, with all its trials, looks toward the end of all things when the Lord will set all things right. We have supreme confidence not in our abilities, nor in a vague hope that everything will turn out as we want, but in the promise of Jesus Christ. Jesus has promised that He will return, and He will perfect His bride on “The Coming Day of the Lord” (Zechariah 14:1-21).
I. The Return of Christ (14:1-5)
A. The World’s Resistance
B. The Lord’s Deliverance
II. The King is Here (14:6-11)
A. His Presence Known
B. His Kingdom Established
III. The Reign of Christ (14:12-21)
A. Just Judgment
B. Heavenly Holiness
Questions for consideration: (1) What frustrates you most about the world today? How are you intentionally considering the return of Christ as a way to combat your frustration? (2) How often do you think about judgment and hell? When you do think about it, what is the effect on your faith and actions? (3) What are you doing today to make holiness a regular part of your life?