WORD for Sabbath Beginnings | 8am Border Chapel
Rev. Dwight Haberman
Holy Communion: Most Christians throughout history and also today have never heard of the rapture. With good reason. The word and the notion it embodies a modern innovation, going back less than two centuries. Nobody has thought of it until the 1880's...Apart from rapture theology, will there be a second coming of Jesus?
Passages in the New Testament refer to Jesus coming again and affirmed in creeds commonly recited in Christian worship...To affirm that Jesus will come again to complete what he began is to make a commitment to his vision of the future, the dream of God. The affirmation of the second coming has more than literal meanings. It is the return of Jesus already experienced in the risen Christ and the Spirit of Christ. It is Jesus coming again in the worship of the church- about the coming of Jesus who is already here. Jesus also comes again in the Eucharist: in the bread and wine Christ becomes present to us. What is meant by the second coming of Christ is the ultimate Christian hope. ~Marcus Borg