Summary: This sermon deals with the rapture and being prepared when Christ Comes to take you away.
"Will You Be Worth Stealing"
One day a family decided to go out and have a good time
together. It was a delightful day, everybody got along. The food
was good, and the movie they went had a good story to it. When
they returned home, their joy quickly turned to sorrow and anger.
Someone had broken the lock on the door and gone in.
If you had been there you would have heard Mom yell, the
color TV is gone, Susie cried, my stereo is gone, Bob yelled my
Sega Genesis is missing, Dad screamed, they took my computer.
Rick ran to the basement to see if they had taken his bike that
he intended to one day get fixed. It had a flat tire and a
He came running up stairs to let his sister know, they
didn’t take my bike, they didn’t take my bike. Susie looked at
him, and said "Rick, it wasn’t worth stealing."
My friends there is a Thief that is roaming the entire
world, and one day He is going to strike out. He’s going to take
everything that He considers worth stealing. His name is Jesus.
Jesus says that He is coming like a thief in the night to snatch
away all those that belong to Him. Jesus said, "watch and pray
because you do not know the hour in which I will return." Just
like the thief, Jesus will be in and out in a hurry, and "He’s
only going to take what’s he considers to be valuable ." It will
happen in the twinkling of an eye.
Husband and wife about to kiss each other in bed, suddenly
she disappears and he’s left searching. Two children playing
Mario Brothers on Super Nintendo together, instantly one is gone,
the other is left. Congregation singing the last hymn in worship
service, swoosh 75% of the congregation is missing. The quarter
back throws the ball to the receiver for the winning touchdown,
he’s wide open and before the cheering crowd, the receiver disap
pears and the ball falls aimlessly to the ground.
All over the world, immediately there are planes without
pilots, cars without drivers, children without parents. Confusion
throughout the world will be the name of the game when the Thief
hits. Will you be valuable enough for the thief to grab you, or
will you be left behind to face the cruelty of the power of Satan
that is going to hit this world?
How will it feel to know that some of your family was sto
len, but you and the rest were not? How will it be to have
pretended that you were a Christian, and now the Christians are
gone, but you’re still here? How frightening it will be to know
that after the Thief has stolen the church, then will great
tribulation come upon the earth? No longer can you can call Mom,
or expect your wife to fix your food, or go to church and meet
your friends, or expect to finally make the commitment to Jesus
that you’ve been putting off for years?
We have lost a healthy fear of God in our world today? We
don’t believe that God will punish us, and we no longer believe
that Hell is a real place. There are 67 verses in the New Testa
ment that deals with hell. Jesus speaks 45 of them. If anybody
knows whether hell is real or not, Jesus should. He’s the only
one that has spent three days dead, and then came back to let us
know what it was like.
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Š I knew a man who suffered a heart attack and his heart had
stopped beating. The doctors got his heart back to beating. Now
this man had nothing to do with God, he mistreated his girlfriend
of some 30 years horribly with his fists and his language, and he
was just a mean person. He told me that when he was on the table
he felt himself leaving his body. He heard the most peaceful
music you could imagine.
He felt being pulled through a tunnel with a bright light
at the end. His experience did not change his evil lifestyle one
bit. He was convinced that he was on his way to heaven. But it’s
possible that the light he saw was being produced by the burning
flames of hell. Heat gives off light.
When Jesus tells those who have talked the talked, but not
walked the walk to depart from him, they’re not free to simply go
where they would like to go. Jesus says depart from me and go to
the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.