Summary: God calls Abram to begin a journey that will end up bringing salvation and restoration to the world.
Anybody here ever seen a silent movie? Did you enjoy it? Well, I’ve got a vintage silent movie for you this morning. It is called Bob and Craig’s Excellent Dress Up Adventure! Take a look:
SAME BUT DIFFERENT
Did you like that? Funny guys! Anyway, in our little silent feature this morning we watched Bob and Craig play dress up. Why? Well, did you notice how different—yet, the same they looked in each different outfit.
Let’s think about what they wore for a minute. How would you respond to each character they dressed up like? They started off with dumb hats and looked a little slow. What’s your response to that type of person? They dressed in construction hats. How do you feel about construction workers? Stereotypically are the approachable non-approachable? Then they looked like a couple of old ladies? How do you feel about older folks—comfortable or uncomfortable around them? Nerds in umbrella hats—would you make fun of them? Cool dudes with shades and a do-rag? Do they intimidate you?
I could keep going, but the one thing I want you to get is this? There are a lot of different types of people in this world and we all feel different ways about different types of people. In general, people that are different than us can make us feel uncomfortable. Can’t they? And when we are uncomfortable around a certain type of person, it’s hard to share Jesus with them. Isn’t it? Yet, and this is an important yet, when we really get down to it, people, even when they are different than us, they really aren’t that different. Are they?
BEGINNING WITH THE END IN MIND
Now as I start my message this morning, I want to begin with the end in mind. As Christians living today—we really are lucky! We know the ending of God’s story! And the cool part is this: we get to live out that ending! We get to begin to make that ending a reality right here, right now! We get to live out God’s story and move God story along! But we have to know the story for this to happen. So let’s see how the story ends! Look at Revelation 7:9. It describes the throne-room in heaven. Here is what it says:
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. …
The movement of salvation history ends with heaven full of people that are worshipping God. Notice it’s a diverse people! The people are from every nation, tribe, people group, and language group!
Now how cool his that! There are Israeli’s and Palestinians. There are executives and hippies. There are Americans and Iraqis and Afghanis and Pakistanis. There are blacks and there are whites. There are poor and rich! There are clowns and students. There are nerds and cool people. People groups that hate each other or who have hated or disliked each other at one time or another are standing together as one before God’s throne! Isn’t that cool! Isn’t that awesome!!
Now here is what happens at the very end of the Bible. Look at Revelation 21. It says: