Summary: Jesus is coming back; you better be ready.
The End Is Near
September 8, 2013 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Jesus is coming back; you better be ready.
Focus Passage: Luke 21:25-28
Introduction: When I was a kid, school let out at 3:15. At about 2:45, I started watching the clock. It took an eternity for it to reach 3:00. 3:00-3:10 was pure torture and 3:10-3:15 was absolute murder. All I wanted was for school to be over so I could get home and watch reruns of Gilligan’s Island. Last night, I watched OU play West Virginia. While my beloved Sooners won, it wasn’t pretty. I was so tired I could hardly keep my eyes opened. My daughter, Emily, kept saying, “Daddy, go to bed. I’ll tell you what the score is in the morning.” With 5 minutes left in play, I very nearly did it, but I had to keep watching. The last 30 seconds of the game took nearly 15 minutes of TV time. Even then, there was a penalty at the end of the game and WV got to try one more time to make a touchdown. All I wanted was for the game to be over so I could go to bed. Today, we watch the news with excitement, anticipation, and a little dread. All we want is for Jesus to return so we can go to Heaven. Well, the end is, indeed, near.
a. in the Sun, Moon & Stars
i. Literally, astronomical events
ii. Figuratively, the house of David, the Sanhedrin, and the Rabbins
b. panic among nations
c. confusion because of the sea and tides
i. Literally, strange oceanic occurrences
ii. Figuratively, confusion sweeping over people like an ocean
a. men fainting because of fear of things (or even the expectation of things) coming
b. earthly governments in chaos
a. When we see these things start to take place, be encouraged and strengthened with the understanding that we are about to see Jesus
b. Jesus IS coming back.
Invitation: Are you ready for the return of Christ? How about your family and neighbors? Are THEY ready?
The audio of this sermon being preached can be found at http://rboyne.sermon.tv/9230643