John Barnett

Christ's first coming was to a manger, surrounded by donkeys, sheep, cattle and goats. At the end of this brief life on Earth He chose a donkey to carry Him into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday as He presented Himself as the Lamb of God to die for the sin of the world.

But Christ's second coming will be on a horse, a pure white stallion thundering through the clouds of heaven with the armies of God following Him. On His head will be many crowns, for He will come back to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Christ's first coming concluded as he was arrested by Caiaphas, brought before Pilate, dragged before Herod, tortured, spit upon, and forced to wear a scarlet robe of mockery.

But Christ's second coming will see Caiaphas trembling at His feet, Pilate wringing his hands as he is brought before Him; Herod will be dragged before Him, and all three will bow before the King of the Jews and confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Christ's first coming ended alone as the Lamb of God was bound, beaten, and nailed to a bitter rugged cross where He suffered and bled and died alone. He was hurriedly transferred to a borrowed tomb and sealed in.

The next time He comes He will not be alone. Rather He comes leading the countless hosts of Heaven and the saints of all the ages. His unbound feet will touch down upon the Mount of Olives and split it in half. Those crucified and glorified feet will walk through the eastern gate as He sets up His throne up on the Temple mount.

How different and yet connected are Christ's first and second comings. Both have profound lessons to all who will pause and reflect upon the lives God chose to stretch across the canvas of His Word and to mark as warnings and examples to all who will have ears to hear.

Taken from "Herod, Pilate, Caiaphas and Jesus" by Discover the Book Ministries (used by permission).