Summary: Here's a sermon for the Sunday before Halloween. It includes an amusing yet creepy story to hold your audience's attention.
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."
12Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
13and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
14His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
15His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
16He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
18I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
19Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.
20The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
Today is October 30th.
Tomorrow night is Halloween Night!
It's supposed to be a night of scary things!
So with that in mind...
today I'm going to tell you about a frightening thing...
that happened to a man by the name of Edgar Jansen.
One dark, foggy night...
Edgar Jansen was walking along the side of the road...
On Dead Man's Highway.
This particular highway was called Dead Man's Highway...
Because many people had been killed in accidents on that road.
Edgar was walking because his car had run out of gas.
It was late and no cars were passing by.
The fog was so thick...
Edgar could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.
Suddenly, Edgar heard something coming up from behind him.
What was it? Ohhhhhh!
In our Bible text, we read about John.
He was on a rocky island 10 miles long and 5 miles wide.
Banishment was typical Roman punishment for political prisoners.
John...subject as we all are to the weakness of the flesh,
may have been overcome by doubt.
As a prisoner, he got weaker on that barren island.
Nobody is immune to the attacks of Satan.
John may have been tempted to question the accuracy...
of all he had preached and all he had believed.
And then...In the midst of his testing and his isolation...
Jesus came to John and said: "Fear not!"