BR 12:05, Oct 1996
The Second Coming Demythologized
If we who have committed ourselves to Jesus expect that we will be judged worthy of the kingdom, we will be in for a big surprise.
The Gospel texts assigned as Sunday readings in the Common Lectionary of many churches for October and November all come from the final speech of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (chaps. 2225). Most of these texts are concerned with the Second Coming, and all are difficult and uncomfortable. The parable of the great banquet, also called the marriage feast (Matthew 22:114), of which the more original version is preserved in Luke 14:1624, has been reformulated by Matthew into an allegory that condemns Israel.