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Summary: I preached this sermon after the time we moved our clocks back one hour. It's about being ready for the return of Jesus.

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IT’S TIME TO BE READY

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.

2For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

3For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

4But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.

5You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.

6Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.

7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

8But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.

9For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

We will resume our look at the book of Revelation later.

Since today is the first day of Central Standard Time,

I was led to preach a message today about time.

One of my favorite memories of my grade school days

Was playing Hide & Seek at recess time.

No matter if I was the one hiding who was trying not to get caught,

or if I was the one of those trying not to get caught by the Seeker,

I always enjoyed that game.

The seeker, or the "it" would close his eyes and count to 100

so that all the others could run and hide somewhere.

After he or she had reached 100, the seeker would shout out,

"One, two, three. Ready or not here I come."

Four things were always certain:

1- He was surely coming

2- He was coming when he got ready

3- He was coming whether you were ready or not

4- If you were not ready, then you would pay the consequences

That fun game reminds me of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Paul encouraged the church of Thessalonica and us today

about the importance of being ready.

Point #1. People Need To Get Ready

1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.

We can be certain that Jesus is coming back!

The Second Coming of Jesus

is one of the most repeated teachings in all of Scripture.

Paul was well aware of that.

He says Christians should be aware that Jesus was coming again.

In fact, he says he shouldn’t even have to tell them again.

It should be obvious.

Story:

A man stopped at a gas station.

He noticed a piece of rope dangling from a sign.

The sign was labeled "Weather Forecaster."

The man asked the station attendant,

"How can you possibly tell the weather with a piece of rope?"

The attendant smiled and replied,

"When the rope swings back and forth, it’s windy.

When it gets wet, it’s raining.

When it’s frozen stiff, it’s snowing.

And when it’s gone... it’s a tornado!"

There are some things that should be obvious without even asking.


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