Summary: Invitation to come to Christ
AWAKE, ARISE AND ACCEPT
Text: Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
I. AWAKE - "Awake thou that sleepest"
a. The world is asleep Spiritually: They read books,
watch TV, go to movies, but ignore the Bible.
b. Because they are asleep; The world is unaware of Christ’s 2nd coming. There are over three hundred direct references in the New Testament to the return of Christ.
1. Jesus himself declared that he would return on
the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
2. Paul spoke of "the glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)
3. Paul also said: The Lord Jesus is revealed from
heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
(2 Thess 1:7)
c. The world ignores the signs of the last days:
Read 2 Tim 3:1-7
1. Perilous times - With terrorism rampant today, no
one is safe. Is there a bomb on your airliner, or
2. Men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy - Are there not many
people like this today?
3. In Daniel 12:4 Daniel is told that in the end
time two things would be prevalent:
a. First: many shall run to and fro, One hundred
years ago many did not go over 20 miles from home.
Many in this generation, have been all over the
world. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye
into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature. Today you can board a plane and be
halfway around the world in a day and a half.
b. Second, Daniel was told that in the last days:
knowledge shall be increased. Today knowledge is
doubling every 10 years and printed materials every
15 years. 80 percent of all scientists in history
are alive today. When Apollo 13 ran into trouble a
few years back while 205,000 miles from the earth,
scientists working with computers figured out the
correct return flight path for the crippled craft
in just 84 minutes. Working with a pencil and paper
in the pre-computer age, it would have taken one
man 1,040,256 years.
d. The world ignores the words of Jesus:
Read Matt 24:3,and 32-34
1. Jesus answers these questions in reverse order,
first what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of
the end of the world? Answer: Earthquakes, false
prophets, iniquity abounding.
2. when shall these things be? Read vs 32-34
Answer: The generation that sees the things above.
Wake up, Jesus is coming again to receive the believers to eternal glory and the unbelievers to eternal separation from God
II. ARISE - arise from the dead - Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Death is separation, the unsaved are separated from God by sin. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Arise from your comfort zone, quit thinking of today and tomorrow and think of eternity.
A. The three lepers at the gate of Samaria said "Why sit we hear until we die" How much time to you have before you face eternity?
B. The Prodical Son said "I will Arise and go to my