Bestselling Author John Piper Examines End-Times Theology and Scripture’s Command to Love the Second Coming of Christ
Many people are curious about the second coming of Christ—what it will be like, when it will happen, and what signs will come first. In his latest book, Come, Lord Jesus, John Piper addresses all these issues, but stresses that those who love the second coming of Christ will receive a crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:6–8).
Piper examines key biblical texts around the second coming while encouraging readers toward a Spirit-awakened affection for Jesus’s return. He also explores important questions such as, Could Jesus come at any moment, or must certain events happen first?; What does it mean to “Watch, for you know neither the day nor the hour”?; and What should we be doing when he comes? With a special focus on the teachings of Jesus, Paul, and Peter, Come, Lord Jesus portrays not only the glory of the revealed Savior, but also the glorification of the resurrected saints.
Part 1: Reasons to Love Christ’s Appearing
Prelude to Part 1: The Miracle We Seek: Love
Chapter 1: All Who Have Loved His Appearing
Chapter 2: How Can a Book Awaken Love for Christ’s Appearing?
Chapter 3: The Glory of Christ as the Primary Reality of His Coming: The Heart of the Matter, Part 1
Chapter 4: Experiencing the Glory of Christ with Joyful Amazement: The Heart of the Matter, Part 2
Chapter 5: The Grace Being Brought to You at the Revelation of Christ
Chapter 6: Will We Be Blameless at the Coming of Christ?
Chapter 7: We Will Be Perfected Mind, Heart, and Body
Chapter 8: Jesus Will Deliver Us from the Wrath of Jesus
Chapter 9: In Flaming Fire, with Vengeance and Relief
Chapter 10: Repaying Each for What He Has Done
Chapter 11: Rejoicing in the Hope of Receiving Different Rewards
Chapter 12: The Joy of Personal Fellowship with the Sovereign Servant
Part 2: The Time of His Appearing
Prelude to Part 2: The Time and the Love of Christ’s Appearing
Chapter 13: Did Jesus Teach That He Would Return within One Generation?
Chapter 14: What Does the New Testament Mean That Jesus Will Come Soon?
Chapter 15: Is There an Any-Moment Rapture before the Second Coming?
Chapter 16: Jesus and Paul: A Common Vision of Christ’s Coming
Chapter 17: What Must Happen before the Lord’s Appearing?
Part 3: How Then Shall We Live?
Prelude to Part 3: Living between the Two Appearings of Christ
Chapter 18: End-Time Alertness and Love for Christ’s Appearing
Chapter 19: Patient, Joyful, Not Deceived, Not Alarmed
Chapter 20: Coming Justice, Present Gentleness
Chapter 21: Go to Work, Go to Church
Chapter 22: End-Time Praying, for Yourself and the Mission
O Come, Lord Jesus, Come: A Hymn to Christ
Desiring God Note on Resources
“Readers should not neglect this important book on the coming of the Lord Jesus and the last times. We are stirred to love Jesus’s appearing and to live now in light of the last day, in light of the return of the King. Certainly there are disagreements about the end times, but no one will be able to dispute that Piper argues carefully and extensively from the Scriptures. I found this book to be fuel for the mind and the heart, one that is full of biblical and practical wisdom.”
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“In Come, Lord Jesus, John Piper anticipates our questions about the last things, clarifies and improves those questions, then delivers trustworthy answers from the Scriptures. More than that, he stokes our longing for Jesus’s return. This is a truly ‘Christian Hedonist’ eschatology: robustly biblical, radically hope-giving, and relentlessly focused on our eternal enjoyment of the glorious triune God.”
Stephen Witmer, Lead Pastor, Pepperell Christian Fellowship, Pepperell, Massachusetts; author, Eternity Changes Everything and A Big Gospel in Small Places
“Of all of John Piper’s books, this may be the one I’m most glad he wrote. In our commitment to gospel-centrality we must find ways to more fully and more regularly celebrate the grand consummation of God’s redemptive purposes, and this book helps us do just that. Piper addresses and helpfully answers many of our questions about the second coming, but the great contribution of this book is its stirring of our hearts with the truth of God’s word. In so doing, Piper charges our eagerness and our joy as we anticipate that day when Christ will come in all his glory. Even so, come Lord Jesus!”
Mike Bullmore, Senior Pastor, CrossWay Community Church, Bristol, Wisconsin
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