SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Sabbath afternoon September 21, 1996

Compassion for Unbelievers

Compassion for unbelievers should characterize God's people as Jesus' second coming draws near. Two young men were walking along a busy sidewalk in a large city. They stopped at an intersection to wait for the red light to turn green. One of the young men stepped off the sidewalk just as a car traveling quite rapidly came around The corner. The other young man grabbed his friend and dragged him back to safety. The whole crowd waiting there for the lights to change gasped in relief as the young man narrowly missed being killed. Suppose his friend had not been willing to act promptly. The result would have been tragic.

The Bible teaches that Jesus' coming is near. For us to remain silent while people rush on heedless of the danger right ahead would be unforgivable disregard for human life. Warning people of Jesus' coming is a life-and-death issue.

What kind of event is Jesus' second coming? What will Jesus do when He comes? What happens after His coming? When will He come? How do we prepare for this great event?