Why is it necessary for Jesus to return?

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It's necessary for Jesus to return because God's work is not done; God's plan is not completed. There is creation, there was a fall, there is redemption in Christ, and there will be consummation. History is coming to a close. God is going to wrap things up. All things that are wrong will be set right. And Christ has promised that he would return. He says in John 14 that he goes to prepare a place for us, and that if he goes and prepares a place for us, he'll return and receive us unto himself. Christ is also going to return to judge the living and the dead. There are a number of reasons that the return of Christ is important, not the least of which is that the return of Christ is sort of the consummation of the resurrection of Christ. He is risen. He is risen indeed! But he is risen that he might come again. And this is what we say in the Lord's Supper. Right? "As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." This is central to the message of the gospel.

Answer by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.

Dr. Voddie Baucham was the founding Dean, and currently serves as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Divinity at the African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia.