Summary: This sermon describes the 1st & 2nd Comings of Jesus as times of Winter - like Narnia where it was always Winter. We can celebrate and stand confident that Jesus will meet us in our times of Winter.
Winter is Almost Over
John 3:16-21, &1Thess. 5:1-11
A. Winter: Even here in San Diego, it got a little cool during the night this week as winter is near.
But of course our winter is nothing compared to other parts of the country. How would you like to be in No. or So. Dakota, or Minn. - Perre, No. Dakota – on Thursday and Friday it was only 1 degree for the high.
And think about places like Alaska or Iceland, or of course the Antartic.
TRANSITION: Coming out next Week is the Movie Narnia, from the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.
It is a story about 4 kids: Edmund, Peter, Lucy and Susan who venture through a Wardrobe into a Narnia.
Narnia is a cold, dark, dreary land that is ruled by the White Witch.
It is a place that is “Always Winter, but never Christmas.”
B. Could you imagine living in a place that is Always Winter?
I’m not just talking about a place that is physically cold, and dark, like winter in Narnia.
But, as Narnia is an imaginative place – Winter is also symbolic of a place where the Lord – Aslan - is absent; where the country is ruled by evil; where the creation is in decline; where people’s hearts are cold, fear reigns, and where anyone who stands up to evil become like stone.
Perhaps you can relate to Narnia as you live or experience Winter in life: Times of darkness – no light or guidance; Times of decline, adversity, where you feel far from God, cold from guilt and sin, etc.
C. Well today there is goodnews for you:
It is in the times of Winter that Jesus is always near and Comes!
Let’s look and learn at the Scriptures to see how Jesus comes in those times of Winter!
A. Jesus came 2000 years ago in a time of darkness –we celebrate it every Christmas.
Read John 3:16-17
Motivation = God’s Love
God’s Action = Sent His one and only Son – Jesus
God’s Reason: to save the world, not condemn it.
At the Appointed time – Jesus, the Christ – Messiah was born to save the world.
What was that world like when Jesus was born to us?
_ Vs. 19; light came into the world but men loved the DARKNESS more; deeds of Evil reigned; VS. 20; people lived in Fear – that their deeds would be exposed.
Evil, Darkness, Fear = Winter
- Not to mention that for a couple hundred years now, God’s Prophets were silent; the Greco/Roman world ruled the day where the truth was suppressed and deception ruled.
- Romans 1 records such a winter as People who denied God and turned from Him and so were handed over to their own depraved minds and evil deeds.
- It was definitely a Time of Winter - But, Jesus, the Lord broke into that Winter to bring love, light, forgiveness, hope, transformation, truth and the promise of Eternal Life.
- We are called Vs. 16, 18 - to believe in Him so that we will not perish but have eternal life!
B. Other examples of when Jesus comes and is present with people who are in times of Winter.
- Narnia; Edmund gave into temptation of the witch and was enslaved to her. The entire country of Narnia – even as Rom 8 describes for all of creation – was in a time of Winter when Aslan was present and came!