Summary: This is a Christmas sermon, but can be adapted to any time of the year. It emphasizes the need for us to get busy spreading the Gospel for time is running short!
The Two-Minute Warning
I Thessalonians 5: 1 - 11
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
 But 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.
 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
It's Christmas time
and people are talking about Santa Claus.
Children are being asked,
"Is Santa Claus gonna come see you?"
Well, Christmas is supposed to be the time
when we think about the coming of God to earth.
The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem fulfilled prophesies.
My favorite sport to watch is a football game.
Football can be very exciting
especially near the end of the game.
Some of the most amazing things happen
when the game is almost over.
There is a 2 Minute Warning before the game ends.
Have you ever wondered why the NFL does that?
Well, I did some research on the Internet.
Here's what I found:
The custom of giving teams a two-minute warning dates all the way back to the NFL's first years. In those days, fans and coaches couldn't just take a look at the stadium clock to see how much time remained in the half. The official game clock resided in the pocket or on the wrist of one of the officials, and the stadium's clock was just a rough estimate of how much time remained in the game. Thus, the NFL instituted a two-minute warning where the referee would stop the clock and let both teams know exactly how much time remained in the game. Obviously, that sort of "warning"" is no longer necessary. Starting in the 1960s the NFL made the stadium's clock the official game clock. The league didn't want to do away with the two-minute warning, though, which had become an important strategic part of the game, helped build excitement during game-closing drives, and offered broadcasters an opportunity to sell an extra set of commercials. As a result, the two-minute warning stuck around, which is why we still have to wait a few extra minutes to see the climaxes of games.
Just about every week of the NFL season,
teams will be losing the game
and then come back to win after the 2 minute warning.
Likewise, teams lose the game during that time.
The 2-minute warning gives the 2 teams
a special opportunity to win before the game ends.
A lot of teams have what they call a 2-minute drill.
It's a bold, accelerated series of plays
that are designed for those urgent moments
when you realize the game is almost over.
THE 2-MINUTE WARNING.
Could it be that you and I are living at a time
when our world has heard GOD's 2- minute warning?
Many of the devoted believers
of the world's 3 great religions -- Christianity,
and Islam --
are expecting the coming of the Messiah soon.
There is a sense all over the world
that we could be living in the countdown
to God's wrap-up of human history.
The Bible says that wrap-up
is the personal return of Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 says, "The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night."
When will the Rapture take place?
We do not know,
and no man will ever know the day or the hour.
"But of that day and hour NO ONE knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.
"WATCH therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour
in which the Son of Man is coming."
Jesus says it could happen at any moment, "in the twinkling of an eye."
He says it will happen at a time
when the world will least expect it.