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Ready or Not, Here He Comes

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Sermon shared by Barry Robinson

June 2001
Summary: This sermon discusses the Lordís return by stressing the importance of being ready for His Coming.
Denomination: Methodist
Audience: General adults
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-NIV 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the
elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

-NIV Revelation 3:3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

-Read (vs2) How does a thief come? He comes unexpectedly. He comes while you are safely tucked in your beds, you are comfy, you are unaware. It is a surprise. He comes suddenly, and he doesnít announce his coming. A thief doesnít call ahead.

-When the Lord returns, it will be sudden. Matthew 24:39-44

-Many will not be ready when He comes. How awful that would be. Perhaps one of my greatest fears is not
being prepared for something. Iíve never liked pop-quizzes or surprise parties. My greatest fear would be
thinking up a sermon during the offering.

-Yet worse to me would be knowing that I wasnít ready for the Lordís return. For some that day will come and
they will find themselves unprepared. And they will be surprised, even though they were told it was coming.

-Once growing up my uncle told me that if I touched the electrical fence, it would shock me. SO I
touched it. My Uncle said, " I told you that it would shock you". "Yeah but I didnít think you meant it."

-It will catch many by surprise. Like I said, Noah preached for 120 years that the flood was coming, yet the rain caught everybody offguard.

II. But as a Believer, It Shouldnít Surprise You. (vs 4)
-1) It should not surprise you, because you know it will happen.

-The fact of His coming is made throughout scripture 1/8 ratio of prophesy.

-Jesus said He would. NIV John 14:1-3 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. In my Fatherís house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there
to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be
with me that you also may be where I am.

-If Jesus has kept all His promises thus far, why would He break this one. He is returning.

-2)It should not surprise you, because you should be ready for it now.

-The rapture is imminent so we should be prepared today. I remember hearing a story about a man
who was visiting a certain school and made a promise to the tiny students that he would give a prize to
the one whose desk was found in the best order when he returned. He gave no indication of when that
might be. Shortly after he left, a little girl, noted for her messy habits, announced that she meant to win
that prize. He classmates jeered, "Why, Mary, your desk is always out of order! Itís never been cleaned."
"Oh," she replied, "Starting right now, Iím going to clean it up the first of every week." "Just suppose he
comes at the end of the week?" "Well then, Iíll clean it every morning." "What if he comes in the
afternoon?" Mary was silent, then her face lightened up and she said, I know what Iíll do, Iíll just keep it
clean all the time!"
-Thatís how we should be. Ready all the time.

-Remember that Ameritrade commercial, where the guy is on the couch and his wife leaves and tells him the only
thing he has to do that day is open up the account, and
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