Jesus came the first time in humiliation; He will return in exaltation. He came the first time as a servant; He will return to be served. He came the first time to be killed; He will return to kill His enemies. He came the first time as the suffering servant; He will return as the conquering King.
John Phillips writes:
“One of the most stirring pages in English history tells of the conquests and crusades of Richard I, the Lionhearted. While Richard was away trouncing Saladin, his kingdom fell on bad times. His sly and graceless brother, John, usurped all the prerogatives of the king and misruled the realm. The people of England suffered, longing for the return of the king, and praying that it might be soon. Then one day Richard came. He landed in England and marched straight for his throne. Around that glittering coming, many tales are told, woven into the legends of England. (One of them is the story of Robin Hood.) John’s castles tumbled like ninepins. Great Richard laid claim to his throne, and none dared stand in his path. The people shouted their delight. They rang peal after peal on the bells. The Lion was back! Long live the king!
One day a King greater than Richard will lay claim to a realm greater that England. Those who have abused the earth in His absence, seized His domains, and mismanaged His world will all be swept aside.”
Only those “who have loved His appearing” (2Tim 4:8), who love Him, have a personal and intimate relationship with Him and acknowledge Him as the rightful King, will enjoy the blessings of His kingdom.
The challenge the book of Revelation makes to every person is to be ready for His return.