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The Coming of the Lord

 The Coming of the Lord!

 

judgementWelcome to Church today as we think about the return of our Lord Jesus Christ!

A simple Internet search will show up numerous end time predictions. One popular one was that the end of the world was going to be May 21st 2011! The same search shows T-shirts for sale with the words “I survived Judgment day 2011” emblazoned on the front! The current prediction by some is from the Mayan calendar which says 21st December 2012 (19 days…), but I seriously expect this prediction to go the way of all of the previous ones.

It’s easy to get blasé about Jesus return, especially when these kind of detailed predictions are made, and fail to eventuate time after time. However Jesus WILL return and we mustn’t be caught sleeping, we’re to be vigilant like a sentry on guard duty, noticing the signs of the times!

Today’s passage is significant because it shows how Jesus himself testified to a coming judgment and a future vindication of God’s people. Jesus life and death are much more than just a moral legacy, Jesus will return to judge, and that judgment will be serious business!

A significant feature about the teaching on the end times is that it’s specific enough to keep us watching, but general enough that we should never try and predict EXACTLY when Jesus will return.

May Jesus find us faithfully following him when he does return!

Hear the message here 

 

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert         ADVENT 1

[Sun 2/12/12 9.30am St A’s, 6.30pm St Peter’s Goonellabah.]

Luke 215-7, 25-38

5 When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said,  6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”  7 They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?”

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.  26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.  28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”  29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees;  30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.  31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.  32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.  33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  34 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly,  35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.  36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”  37 Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called.  38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.

Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert         ADVENT 1

[Sun 2/12/12 9.30am St A’s, 6.30pm St Peter’s Goonellabah.]