Summary: This sermon deals with the fact that God is not bound by time and Christians should realize that this life is only a minute. Therefore we see our struggles as temporary.
Wait a Minute
November 24, 2004
I. How many of you have ever asked you kids, can’t you wait a minute?
A. Have you ever stopped to think about how much our world is bound by time?
B. We have clocks on more than one wall in our houses. We wear watches, and most of us have clocks in our cars. If businesses want people to look at their signs they put clocks on them.
C. Our world is driven by time. We have appointments that we have to get to, games times, time to be at school, time to get out of school. We have lunch times, dinner times, day time night time, and we all say that we are out of time a lot.
D. We have a time to go to bed and a time to get up. Time to be at work and time to go home. There are practice times, and church times, and vacation times, Summer time, winter time, and we even have something that we call daylight savings time, although I have not seen it save up any time.
E. Sometimes when people need us to do something we say give me a minute. That would be great! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to create minutes, so we could hand them out to people who needed more? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to create minutes so we could have more of them to use?
F. We are driven by time. Time rules our lives! In his autobiography The Sacred Journey, Frederick Buechner says that time is divided into three parts. Below time, above time, and beyond time.
G. Below time he says is where the childhood years are lived. Children are not constrained as much by time. When Summer is happening children don’t worry that much about time. They don’t worry so much about when Summer will end, that they don’t enjoy the moment.
H. When kids are playing in the snow they don’t think that much about when there wasn’t any snow. That’s the way it was when Adam and Eve were in the garden before they listened to satan.
I. Before the fruit was eaten nobody printed calendars, because time didn’t matter. There were no calendars, or watches, because they lived in a time free world. Time had not yet invaded our world.
J. Wouldn’t it be great if we could create minutes, and add some to our stack, but we can’t. Life is measurable, divided into ticks of a clock. You may have decades left in your time bank and others may not, but everybody has only so many minutes.
II. Everybody that is, except God! God is not bound by time, and one of the things that Jesus said while he was here on this Earth that made the mobs so mad was that he was not bound by time.
(John 8:58 NIV) "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
A. That stirred them up. Jesus had claimed to be the eternal God! He had claimed to be the one that lives in eternity. And that is one attribute that definitely separates us from God.
B. Scripture lets us know that God is Everlasting. God is with out beginning or end! God is not bound by time.
(Psa 93:2 NIV) Your throne was established long ago; you are from all ETERNITY.
(Jer 10:10 NIV) But the LORD is the true God; he is the LIVING God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.
(Rom 1:23 NIV) and exchanged the glory of the IMMORTAl God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
(1 Tim 6:16 NIV) who alone is IMMORTAL and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
(Job 36:26 NIV) How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out.
(Psa 102:27 NIV) But you remain the same, and your years will never end.
C. Every thing we know, we can trace back to a beginning, but not God!
D. Nobody made God, not even God. If you can believe the first 4 words of the bible the rest of it should not be a problem. IN THE BEGINNING GOD!
E. God does not explain His existence. He just was!
F. Jesus didn’t say before Abraham was born I was born. He says before Abraham was born I AM!
G. God doesn’t say I was, He says I AM. He is right now, He is during the time of Abraham, He is in the future and for all eternity.