Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him…
John, who once heard the voice, "Behold the Lamb of God!" now utters the voice, "Behold, He cometh!"
I. OUR LORD JESUS COMES.
1. This fact is worthy of a note of admiration — "Behold!"
2. It should be vividly realised till we cry, "Behold, He cometh!"
3. It should be zealously proclaimed. We should use the herald's cry, "Behold!"
4. It is to be unquestioningly asserted as true. Assuredly He cometh.
(1) It has been long foretold. Enoch (Jude 1:14).
(2) He has Himself warned us of it. "Behold, I come quickly!"
5. It is to be viewed with immediate interest.
(1) "Behold!" for this is the grandest of all events.
(2) "He cometh," the event is at the door.
(3) "He," who is your Lord and Bridegroom, comes.
(4) He is coming even now, for He is preparing all things for His advent, and thus may be said to be on the road.
6. It is to be attended with a peculiar sign — "with clouds."
(1) The emblems of His majesty.
(2) The ensigns of His power.
(3) The warnings of His judgment. Charged with darkness and tempest are these gathered clouds.
II. OUR LORD'S COMING WILL BE SEEN OF ALL.
1. It will be a literal appearance. Not merely every mind shall think of Him, but "every eye shall see Him."
2. It will be beheld by all sorts and kinds of living men.
3. It will be seen by those long dead.
4. It will be seen by His actual murderers, and others like them.
5. It will be manifest to those who desire not to see the Lord.
6. It will be a sight in which you will have a share. Since you must see Him, why not at once look to Him and live?
III. HIS COMING WILL CAUSE SORROW. "All kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him."
1. The sorrow will be very general. "All kindreds of the earth."
2. The sorrow will be very bitter. "Wail."
3. The sorrow proves that men will not be universally converted.
4. The sorrow also shows that men will not expect from Christ's coming a great deliverance.
5. The sorrow will in a measure arise out of His glory, seeing they rejected and resisted Him. That glory will be against them.
6. The sorrow will be justified by the dread result.Their fears of punishment will be well grounded. Their horror at the sight of the great Judge will be no idle fright.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.