The First and Second Coming of Christ


Man of sorrows
Root from dry ground
No beauty to desire
Despised and rejected
Acquainted with grief –

Israel’s Messiah

Wounded for us

Oppressed and afflicted
Quiet lamb slain
Bruised for our iniquities
Stricken for our sins –

Savior of the World

Lamb to the slaughter
Bore our grief
Carried our sorrows
By his stripes
We are healed –

Jesus Christ



Faithful and True
Riding a white horse
To judge and make war
Adorned with many crowns
His vesture dipped in Blood –


Out of His mouth
Proceeds a sharp sword
To smite the nations
Treading the winepress
Of the fierce wrath of
Almighty God


In righteousness He rules
In faithfulness He judges –
The lion and the lamb lie
Together with the wolf
The earth shall be full
Of the knowledge of God


(No copyright on this one – the Word of God)

Isaiah 53 – The Bible – Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Revelation 19:11-16 – The Bible – And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Isaiah 11:1-9 – The Bible – And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

John 1:10-18 – The Bible – He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (Emphasis added)

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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14 Responses to The First and Second Coming of Christ

  1. Barb says:

    It is an injustice to Calvary that the true pain of the Cross is often overlooked by a more romantic, but less powerful theme. It is often thought and even preached that the Father looked down from heaven and witnessed the suffering that was heaped upon His Son by the hands of men, and that He counted such affliction as payment for our sins. This is heresy of the worst kind. Christ satisfied divine justice not merely by enduring the affliction of men, but by enduring and dying under the wrath of God. It takes more than crosses, nails, crowns of thorns, and lances, to pay for sin. The believer is saved, not merely because of what men did to Christ on the Cross, but because of what God did to Him – He crushed Him under the full force of His wrath against us. Rarely is this truth made clear enough in the abundance of all our Gospel preaching.



    • You are right, Barb. Jesus suffered the unmitigated wrath of God and was forsaken for that time by his Father. On the cross Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” The wrath of God was poured out on Jesus, and during his pain and agony, he was forsaken by God. This is the punishment from which believers are set free. Because of Jesus, we will never be forsaken, we will never be separated from God, nor will believers ever be punished under God’s wrath, because Jesus endured it all in our place. What a Savior! Praise His name forever. Thank you for your comment, Barb…


  2. lbdiamond says:

    Lovely words!!


  3. pattisj says:



  4. suzicate says:

    Thanks, Carol. Blessings to you.


  5. jacsprat says:

    I think those passages are some of the most powerful in the Bible, especially the ones from Isaiah. Sometimes it’s hard to read them, but they just make me want to shout, “Yes, this is truth, this is the answer!!”


    • I agree with you about Isaiah, especially chapter 53, which so graphically describes the first coming of Jesus in humility as a lamb slain for our sins, and his second coming like a lion, as conquerer and ruler. These verses make me feel the same way as your comment says: Yes, this is the truth and the answer.

      Thank you for stopping by and for your insightful comment. Blessings to you always…


  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Very dear poems and quite a wonderful photograph. Something about it takes me back to my youth.


    • Thank you, Jamie. I arranged phrases from Isaiah 53 and Isaiah 11 to put together this poem. I really cannot claim authorship because it took it almost word for word from scripture. I did it that way to show the different characterizations of Christ, his birth and death as the first coming, and his second appearance, which has not yet happened.

      Memories of youth stir us, don’t they? There are some songs that strongly take me back and almost make me feel the atmosphere of the former time. Blessings to you, Jamie…


  7. trisha says:

    your poems always fill up my heart and soul with a deep feeling of peace and hope. loved it carol, its fabulous.

    lots of love.


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