Summary: A sermon examining the reality of Christ's return.
Believe It Or Not...Christ Will Return!!!
In 1980, a man named Harry Randall Truman refused to evacuate his home amidst the volcanic activity preceding the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Truman stated that he believed reports of the danger of a massive eruption were exaggerated. He said "I don't have any idea whether it will blow or not". (it may happen) but I don't believe it to the point that I'm going to pack up and leave. He went on to say "If the mountain goes, I'm going with it." "This area is heavily timbered, Spirit Lake is in between me and the mountain, and the mountain is a mile away, (that volcano) ain't gonna hurt me". On May 18th, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted scorched 230 square miles of forest. Truman hasn't been seen since. (source: wikipedia)
History records the tragic tales of many who were warned of calamity, and instead of heeding the warning, took their chances. And many have paid a great price.
When Jesus ascended He left us with a promise that one day He would return. Many people proclaim that they believe that He is coming. But when you look at their lives there is little evidence that they really anticipate His arrival. Jesus said that this would be the case - Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
As Noah prepared the Ark and preached of the impending judgment, the people continued to live their lives with no fear of what was on the horizon. Not only did they continue going about their lives, they scoffed at Noah's warning.
There is no doubt....Jesus is coming back! He warned of this in - Luke 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
In our selected text, Peter tells of those who ridiculed the idea of a literal return of Jesus. Man's denial will not change the fact that Jesus is coming back. The prophets said that the Messiah would come the first time... some didn't believe it, BUT HE DID!! Jesus said He would rise from the grave on the 3rd day... some didn't believe it, BUT HE DID!! Jesus said that He would return...many don't believe it, BUT HE WILL!! I would like to look at these verses and preach on the thought "Believe It Or Not...Christ Will Return!"
There are two main points that we will draw from this passage 1) Jesus Is Coming. 2) Judgment Is Coming. These are two indisputable facts that will impact every person on the face of the earth. Let's begin by examining the irrefutable reality that:
I. Jesus Is Coming - This is a fact that should bring great hope and excitement for those who are a part of the "bride of Christ". But this is a fact that should bring great fear for those who are not prepared. Peter's second epistle was written to born again believers. His intention was to remind them that Christ indeed will return some day. As your pastor, that is my desire today! Notice in verse 1: