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The Unfinished Story of Christmas | Part 2

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December 28, 2021 7:00 am

The Unfinished Story of Christmas | Part 2

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December 28, 2021 7:00 am

The story of Christmas is not complete without the Second Coming. In this message, Adrian Rogers shares three insights about the unfinished story of Christmas.

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Best is yet to be. The story is not finished Jesus return, here's Adrian Rogers, the unfinished story of Christmas is this that Jesus is coming again. Jesus came the first Christmas, divide us in his voice. Jesus is coming the second Christmas to receive the center to himself. Our faith looks backward, crucified Savior at our home. Looking forward to a coming Savior. Welcome to the line between profound truth. Simply stated, by there are three things about the unfinished story that ought to give us great cheers season in part one of today's message. We learned that we don't need to be disturbed in these gloriously dark days. Our hope is not in politics, sociology, or science. Our hope is in Jesus Christ, who is coming again when we see him we will wonder at his transforming love is amazing grace and is keeping power.

If you have your Bible turn to second Thessalonians chapter 1 verse seven as Adrian Rogers delivers part two of the unfinished story of Christmas about the finished Christmas story. As Paul Harvey would say the rest of the story you see Jesus who came the first time is coming again, and Christmas is not complete without the second coming of Jesus Christ. Mallett three things upon your heart free things that I give you Christmas cheer number one according to Scripture you be not be disturbed look if you will, in verse seven and you who are troubled rest with us. That is very quick and worry are you troubled today. Listen, it is not over yet.

If your trouble rest. What does he say pastor in this gloriously dark because the darkest hour of the night is just before the sunrise. Our hope is not in politics.

Hope is not a sociology hope is not in science.

The only sure hope I say for this tutorial world is the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ not just look in these verses for moment look in verse seven and think about who is coming again, look at it and you are troubled rest with us now to score this when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed, the Lord Jesus that is coming again were not looking for some event in history were looking for Jesus Christ to be revealed. And when is revealed is going to be revealed as the Lord Jesus, but think not only of the move. This coming, but think of the women is coming looking verse 10 again when he shall come, not if, when it's Anne's inbox about it. Jesus Christ is coming again. We'll know in it may be this afternoon at 232 that Jesus comes.

But Jesus is coming again wanted take me.

The Lord Jesus is coming again. We think about who it is coming. We think of the women of his coming and I want you to look with me for just a moment at the wonder of is coming and images of things that we will wonder at when we see him.

For example we going to wonder at his transforming love. Look at verse 10, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, this say what you think. Although saints are going to be by going to be. Those were stubborn, God hating unbelieving wicked lascivious people who were transformed just like some of us are going to be those who were once ignorant and blind stumbling darkness folks transforming love and we will wonder at his amazing grace. We wonder not only this, transforming love, we will wonder at his saving grace. Look again at verse 10.

It doesn't say he's going to be glorified in all of those who gave tons of money to the church doesn't say is going to be glorified in all of those who live impeccable lives or who were big shots all of those who believe.

I met him and intellectually. I'm talking about the belief that says trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. When you put your faith where God puts us in his grace, amazing grace, there's nothing you can do is you put your faith in Jesus and he will save you Mr. and you keep saying and when you see him, you will wonder at his transforming power. When you see the saints you will wonder at his saving grace to something else.

You will wonder at. You will wonder at his keeping power.

Look again in verse 10, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired.

I watch this in what's the next three letter word all them that believe not one is lost, you will be glorifying and admiring the Lord Jesus, all of those that believe that Amanda Christ a while back a little old man came by asking for some money in. I was so busy I just kinda brush them off. I just took a little money out of my pocket and gave it to them said God bless you $10-$20 something ongoing.

Remember I got back to my business and God said Adrian you didn't talk about Jesus's visit superstition witness to. I gave him some money that in what he really means. Lord do not. Well, anyway God is going. He said you could catch and run. Scott Scott ran out a street calling as a way to measure compact moment told that Jesus he was open the parade received Christ as his personal savior, put my arm around him and hugging the prey form and send them all.

I expect to meet him in heaven. Why because our testimony among you was believed just to share the amazing grace of our Savior Jesus Christ.

I can wait for the day when he comes to be glorified and to be admired and he's going to show is the King of Kings and the blessed and only potentate.

Second thing will your heart. You should not be deceived when second Thessalonians. The second chapter, and I notice how Paul continues this now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together and him is called the rapture that she be not soon shaken in mind or be trouble, neither by spirit or by word by letter ask from us that the day of Christ is at hand.

That letter means the great tribulation at the day prices a day of judgment that that is coming to the world. Paul there were some who were thinking that they were the great tribulation because times were so hard and then he says looking verse three let no man deceive you by any means. Now the point I'm making is you should not be deceived.

Let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition who oppose it and exalt himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he as God's earth and the temple of God, join himself that he is God, remember you not there when I was yet with you, I told you these things, and now you know what withholding that he might be revealed in his time for the mystery of iniquity doth already work only he who now FR restrains will restrain until he be taken out of the way. Then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all this evilness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie that they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in righteousness. The point is we need not be disturbed and we should not be deceived again looking verse three let no man deceive you, Melanie the background for this Paul is writing his saints at Thessalonica. They were going through excruciatingly hard times and somebody had written a devilish lie affords the letter & Paul's name to and said you're already in the great tribulation. You have missed the rapture you're already in the great tribulation up. Also now wait a minute don't be deceived is if you got some letter from loss, know that is not true that I was a lie and he took them the opportunity of a live to tell the truth because it can be a lie unless it's a lie about the truth he said he has this proves he's going to declare the truth.

Now what is happened is this from the time that Jesus Christ came into this world. Satan is been moving against Satan moved in the heart of Herod who is a type of Antichrist to destroy all the little boy babies hoping to destroy the Lord Jesus Christ and all through his earthly ministry. Satan tried to destroy the Lord Jesus Christ and now we come to the last days when Satan will fling his final insult into the face of God.

The final blasphemy will consummate not in the Christ. But in the Antichrist. The Bible here calls him the man of sin looking verse three let no man deceive you that day that is that a price will not come, except there come a falling away first award falling away means apostasy and that man of sin, not a man of sin, but that Mama sin be revealed, some of perdition. Now this agent of blasphemy is going to be the man of sin.

He is Satan's counterfeit of the Christ of Christmas, who is coming again this man of sin.

I want to listen, if you're not careful you be deceived by the spirit of antichrist to listen very carefully this matter. Sin has many aliases right here he is called a Manas and I look this up in other translations. Let me give you some of the translations will help you to see just two years in one place he was called the same word is translated, the man of lawlessness, that is, he will not be subject to the law of God. Another translation gives it the incarnation of wicked that Jesus was the incarnation of God. This man, this man of sin, the incarnation of wickedness. Another translation gives it the champion of wickedness another digit wickedness in human form as a Jesus Christ was God in human form that is coming in the last days, one who is the devil in human form, the apostle John called him in the book of Revelation chapter 13 calls and the beast in his epistles. He calls him the anti-Christ anti-means against and instead is one who is coming who will be against Bethlehem's baby and will show himself instead of the Lord Jesus Christ this man.

The Bible calls the man of sin back in the garden of Eden history began with the scent of man. It will consummate with the man of sin.

He will be the epitome of evil.

You see the devil has always wanted worship. That's what it's all about. It wants to be like the most high God he's always wanted to be worship. I will be as God. I was on my throne above the stars of God.

I will be like the most high Satan said now we see him in the end of the age and we sing so much of it today which makes me believe that with the end of the age that Satan himself wants to be worshiped and is finally gaining worship on this earth that he wants looking verse four second chapter verse four he speaks of this Mama sin, who opposes and exalt himself above all that is called God, that's exactly what Satan wanted to do and Isaiah 14 or that is worship so that he as God. Sin within the temple of God, showing himself that he is God, that tells us that the temple in Jerusalem is going to be rebuilt. One of these days and don't you think that they're not making plans to rebuild the temple, they are in rabbinical circles. They are not talking about noncombat ultra-Orthodox and I told him that if the temple is going to be rebuilt. There simply talking about when it will be rebuilt.

All of the Orthodox Jews around the world are going to say now now we can worship according to our ancient traditions.

But then this Mama sin this beast. This Antichrist, this son of perdition, with himself moving to that template so you will worship God. Well you are looking at him. I am in the Bible says in verse four, so that he as God sits in the temple of God himself that he is in wicked blasphemies will belch out of his heart and in out of his mind is what the Bible calls the mystery of iniquity.

It's already at work look in verses six and seven you in second Thessalonians chapter 2 verses six and seven. Watch this and you know what withholding that he might be revealed in his time. The word withholding means restrains for the mystery of iniquity doth already work only he who now let's that's old English for restrains will restrain until he be taken out of the way now.

He says the mystery of iniquity that already work there is unbelievable wickedness in the world maybe seen.

I mean, it is the mystery of iniquity, but there is a restraining force look at it and you know what withholding what is the walk there. What is what is restraining Satan today Betty what it is, is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said we are the salt of the earth with Allied world. You take the light out. You take the salt out and corruption begins. Darkness cannot overcome light.

Darkness can never turn out the light, we are the light where the soul and and he says now you know what withholding is innocent. Only he who restrains shall restrain there's a lot in there so he the why is the church that he is the Holy Spirit who lives in the church and he's restraining antichrist holding back antichrist. Now the mystery of iniquity is working but the church is here and the Holy Spirit in the church is here, but one of these days soon and very soon friend we're going home. One of these days. The trumpet will sound and rent going up and out of here and then you have taken the light out and taken the salt out and the corruption against him. When that happens off floodgate of iniquity is going to come up on this earth and you might as well trodden them up Niagara Falls with toothpicks as to hold back the floodgate of wickedness that will come to see right now Satan is on leash. They can only go so far, but then he's going to be released in hell will have a holiday and demon spirits will infest this earth and the great tribulation will take place. And those people have the idea they were already greater relation buses no there is a restraint, but one of these days he is coming up on this earth and frame. When that happens, when antichrist comes, you don't want to be here. Rather, some people get the idea that you hear the gospel in a sermon like this and after Jesus comes. Then you get say no. Sorry about that you refuse Jesus Christ your eyes wide open. You are going to believe, antichrist, and God will see to it, continually looking second Thessalonians.

The second chapter verse eight and then shall that wicked little enemies that wicked one, be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan best antichrist, with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all disable bonus of unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. For this cause he goes on to say God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie when you will receive the love of the truth when you will not accept the truth when it is preached, it is God's righteous ironic poetic justice that you will believe all I this antichrist is coming to be the devil and the flashes intellectual genius will be great as authority or powering his hatreds extraordinary. His techniques super men will be willing to die for him and children will betray their parents for him and you will believe him because he will come in all will all wonder signs and lying wonders.

Now, the Christ of Christmas is coming in.

You need not be disturbed rest with us. Number two, you must not be to see don't let the spirit of Christ deceive you. Let no man deceive you.

Here's the third thing.

And here's the hallelujah part you will not be disappointed. You will not be disappointed looking chapter 2 verses 13 and 14 but we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren love the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth, whereunto he called you by our gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ to aspects of his coming. First of all, he's coming secretly for his bride. And then he is coming with his bride is coming sweetly like a bridegroom is coming sovereignly like a king. There was no room for him the first time when he came no room in the end, when he comes again. He's coming as King of Kings and Lord of lords.

The unfinished story of Christmas is this that Jesus is coming again, and what Paul is telling us is this that when it comes 777's going to take care of 666 is what I say that our Lord shall reign. Jesus came the first Christmas to dine the sentence place. Jesus is coming the second Christmas to receive the center to himself. Our faith looks backward to crucified Savior our love looked upward to a crown Savior and our hope looks forward to a coming Savior. Do you know Jesus. He is coming to be glorified, admired in all them that believe. Would you believe on him. I'm not on that mere intellectual belief we trusted put your faith in him will you do it now. Would you pray a prayer like this, Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for me. I believe each of the virgin born son of God.

I believe you paid my send it with your blood on the cross. I believe that God raised from the dead, and I now receive you by faith as my Lord and Savior.

I trust you now forgive my sin cleanse me, save me, Lord Jesus, digesting, then with childlike faith. Thank thank you for doing it. Lord Jesus, I receive it by faith, and that settles your now my Lord, my Savior, my God, my friend in Jesus. I will make this public.

I will not be ashamed of you. Amen if you prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now, let us celebrate with you and where find God's love page on the website you will find answers, you may need about your newfound faith we ever response section where you can share your testimony or tell us how this message or others have made a difference in your life go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says find God's love.

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