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But Concerning That Day, No One Knows, Not Even the Son

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June 29, 2020 9:00 am

But Concerning That Day, No One Knows, Not Even the Son

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June 29, 2020 9:00 am

When it comes to end-time prophecy, there are some Christians who look at their view as absolutely essential doctrine and spend tons of time trying to map out the last days with charts and graphs. Others see that as a waste of time and prefer to focus on the here and now. So which approach is correct?  Pastor J.D. answers that question today as he continues our series, The Difficult Sayings of Jesus.

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Today on centerline Jeannie Greer talks about the end times.

All of Jesus of examples that he uses make basically the same point you are to live in a state of readiness with every part of your life like you might return today because it might be today. As always, I'm your host Molly. That event end times prophecy is a controversial subject. Many Christian circles. There are many view it as an absolutely essential doctrine spending tons of time on charts and graphs trying to map out the last days on end of the spectrum, there are others who think that it's all a waste of time and they try to focus on the here and now. So which approach is correct.

Pastor Jeannie answers that question. Today he continues our series called the difficult things that Jesus let's dive right statements.

Looking at the real Jesus front and center for us to explain to you. Nobody ever met Jesus in the Gospels really had an ambivalent reaction toward him. You either love him intentionally, or you hated him extremely either fell at his feet and worshiped or you call out for his crucifixion. I told you that the irony today is that many people are bored with Jesus.

They find him somewhat irrelevant, sentimental, the precious moments Jesus love you and I like to call him, but that it shows you that never really listen to him or take away says seriously.

Nobody in the Gospels, not one person was ever born, Jesus. Many thought it was a fraud. They thought it was phony. They wanted him killed and one him remove that that'll happen, but nobody who ever met Jesus was born with people who take Jesus seriously today, end up being kind of divisive people.

That's not just because jerks. Although I told you sometimes they are jerks and not use map but sometimes is just how extreme Jesus is the man's in our lives. You cannot take him seriously and not devote your entire life to him so that makes people around people who take Jesus seriously very uncomfortable and that's what causes a lot of problems on these difficult sayings that were looking at are what bring Jesus face-to-face with us the real Jesus and so our next saying that we are going to be looking at columns from the Gospel of Mark Sheppard 13 you have a Bible in all of our campuses. I would invite you to take it out now open it to Mark chapter 13 to begin around verse 32 verse 32 the context of marked up 13 Jesus is prophesied about the end of the world. When I do take time to read it all, but he's going to tell us that at the end of the world to be always ominous things that happen on the sun's dark and the moon turned blood. This is not the issue.

Him of the SON returns with clouds and great glory. And then in the middle of this prophecy about the end of the time when he comes back he says this, verse 32 concerning that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, not even the sign, but only the father in here like he doesn't know he's coming back, the son of God.

How can the son of God not know something, especially something important like his own schedule for returning and it's made a lot of people say will maybe this is a really God. Maybe Jesus is really God.

Maybe it's a made up about how good God not know something first grade question. You have to realize that this is not the only time Jesus is described like this with intellectual limitations. Luke 252. For example, says that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature. How is Jesus increased in wisdom right out of the all-knowing God get wiser. What was it that he did know that even learned Hebrew says that he had to learn obedience which means he had to be trained to do certain things like eat his vegetables. Just because mom and dad said so it appears that Jesus had learned some things on earth just like you and I will earn them.

Most of us have this misconception of Jesus at three years old is like this cobbler survived, whose hanging out in the nursery lecturing.

The other three-year-olds about the Christological implications of the biggest 13, prophesied about the end of the world.

That's not true. When Jesus was three years old. He was thinking three-year-old thoughts to my goldfish. That's my toy. When we have another fruit snack. That's what Jesus was thinking about in the nursery. If he's God know how could that be all right that you asked what's a little theology lesson will quick theology was erratic from the very beginning Christians.

I believe that the incarnate Jesus incarnate means in the flash in and Cornell like carnivore in the flesh. Jesus was both fully God and fully man. That means he was 100% man and 100% God he didn't know wouldn't 50% man up at the present gobble gobble hard give to part it was 100% of each one.

The Council of Chalcedon, one of the early church councils for you. History geeks said it like this, read it in English, not Latin.

Jesus was perfect in Godhead between the hundred percent and also perfect hundred percent in manhood. He was truly or fully God or and truly man, one person acknowledged in two natures confusedly which confusing word unshakably and invisibly, with liberty and just not getting inseparably the distinction of nature, being by no means taken away the union, but rather the property of each major reserve Of course you did know that, in other words, here's what that says that he was fully God did not take away from him being fully man and that he was fully man did not take away from him being fully God. You see, in order for Jesus to save us. He had to fully be both. If he had not been fully man, he would not of been able to die in our place as a substitute for our sin had not been fully God would not of been able to overcome the temptations and the powers of sin to go into the grave and overcome death and give eternal life to all who call upon his name so he was fully but because he was about during his life, we see occasional flashes of either nature coming out. For example, because he was the son of man, he could become hungry, but because he was the son of God, he could multiply loaves and fishes of the 5000, because he was the son of man you could get thirsty, but because he was the son of God, he could turn water into wine because he was the son of man, he grew weary because he was the son of God, he can raise the dead, as the Son of Man, he counted as birthdays but as the son of God. He said I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and begin because he was the Son of Man did not know the day or the hour of his return, but because he was the son of God. He assures us in that same passage that he will return with the clouds in power and great glory. See what Jesus was on earth.

Elizabeth voluntarily emptied himself of some of his access to is the buying power that in Greek the call that your your nerd word gnosis to gnosis means literally empty. He emptied himself of access to some of his divine power in cease to be God. He just meant that he did not play the God card all throughout his life and access all the divine power that he actually had. That's what's going on here in the statement that he did know that the day or the hour. He's not playing on his omniscience see the apostles did record that verse because it fit their theory about G they wanted Jesus to be.

They wrote this down because he actually said it. And even if it mess with some of their theories and created some problems for their doctrines. They wrote it in their right so the reason that he didn't know was, not cease to be God and one daughter.

They made up the fact that he was God the reason he didn't know is because as the Savior was fully God and fully man. He sometimes limited himself some of his about about okay I'm done without curriculum right here what Jesus says next is really difficult to Keep reading verse 33 be on guard. I tell you people wake for you do not know when the time of his return will come. She is like a man who goes on a journey when he leaves home.

He puts his servants in charge, each of his work assignment and then he commands doorkeeper stay awake. As you know when he gets home. He's might've the garage door the burglar's job was to make sure the doorkeeper give them away. Therefore you should stay awake for you do not know when the master of the house will come in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows were in the morning lessee come suddenly and find you asleep and what I say to you I say to all stay awake. Be ready because I could return, he says, at any moment now here's why that's difficult. Did Jesus actually think that the end of the world's close. It sure sounds like a sound like he thinks is close but that was 2000 years ago and still he is not yet returned. So there are many who have concluded that Jesus was wrong here. Jesus was just a product of his time. Everybody in those days we be in the world was closer Jesus got swept up in that line of thinking, but he was wrong and that no point out the Jesus in the same passage of your couple verses up. You know I had their verse 30 Jesus as truly I say to you, Elizabeth. This generation. My 40 years will not pass away until all these things take place. Well that generation did pass away, did it not in the end did not come so clearly they say Jesus was wrong, CS Lewis thought this, but brace yourself.

CS Lewis was wrong. Yes, those words actually just came out of my mouth. CS Lewis was wrong with the weird saying it is important for meeting for you to notice another thinks he is also strong for the end of the world happen right now. I was Jesus wrong when he said that, here's what I don't think so. You see the bigger context of what Jesus is talking about verse 30 when he says this generation will not pass away. The bigger context is the destruction of the Jewish Temple about all adverse to you see that's what he's talking about right. So I'm take him to Jesus. That destruction of the temple would be a milestone in the commencement of the last days the temple will be destroyed.

The Messiah would be killed, and then God would.

Verse 27 begin to gather in the Gentiles from the four corners of the world. All that took place for 70 A.D. that's when the temple was destroyed so by 70 A.D. in that generation.

The temple was destroyed Messiah was killed and God had already began to gather in the Gentiles from the four corners of the world to his kingdom. So that's why don't think he was wrong about that, but it's also clear that not all of it is been completed yet. For example, she verse 26 he has not yet come with the clouds in power and great glory.

He's risen with power and glory that it's been gone, but he hasn't yet come with power and glory to here's a question. Is there another reason even if Jesus didn't come in that generation. Is there another reason why he might have told them to be ready like it could happen at any minute. The answer is yes, because Jesus wants us to live in a constant state of readiness as if he could return tonight in Matthew's account of Jesus's words here he records Jesus goes on after he says this to give a number of parables, illustrator, PE says his return will be like a thief in the night. Here's the problem with the feet.

They never schedule when they're coming right you get about to lock the door to macaroni alarm at a knowledge of my schedule got no thieves tonight so we can leave the doors open, but tomorrow I got to want to do 31 it breezily better lie. But unfortunately things don't work that way. They show up when you least expected it meant that they want you to not expect them because in the come in and rob your house and what Jesus says is that's how the return of the Son of Man will be in the moment you actually think it's least likely. That is when he comes.

Jesus then uses the example of Noah member. The Old Testament story of Noah, God told the world through Russell Crowe that he would send a flood right and then he waited.

This is the part I forget. He waited 120 years before Senate.

We think that was like me for the first three or four months.

People might've been scared. Maybe this will actually happen after two years there, like this is nothing.

After 10 years they've gotten really skeptical. After 30 years. Nobody even remembers it.

You remember what was happening. 30 years ago begin a 1980s Def Leppard.

That ailment is been popular for some crazy country preacher had been out saying that the end of the world going to come wouldn't even remember after 120 years.

Nobody remembers anything. It was so far out of their minds to Jesus said they party they got drunk and then it came and only the gladiator and Hermione Granger were saved. Jesus then tells a story of the master who gave three of his servants large sums of money to invest two of them, Jesus says, invested, it made a good return.

One of them evidently thought the master wasn't going to return that quickly, so he buried his money. Jesus said moment that he didn't realize that this master returns and says to the servant where's the return my money I gave you to invest in the servant had nothing to bring forward, he cast the servant into outer darkness. All of Jesus as examples that he uses make basically the same point you are to live in a state of readiness with every part of your life like he might return today because it might be today. Since I have beat up on CS Lewis. A moment ago to me. Take a minute to make up with him. Okay this is for you Clive Staples.

Here's a quote of his precisely because we cannot predict the moment we must be ready at all times.

The soldier does not know at what time. The enemy may attack or what time an officer might expect his post. So we must be awake at all times, but it's not that we should always be running around in fear that the end might happen at any moment. We should instead listen be like an 80-year-old man who needs on the one hand, not to be always thinking about his approaching death. But at 80 he should always be taking it into account. It would be criminally foolish not to have made his will, and so on.

By the time you're 80 years old, was this now what death is to reach person the second coming is to the whole human race. In other words yes muddied here. That's 80 years old.

By the way, CS Lewis never made it 80, died in his late 50s to your late 50s and be prepared right but what does it mean for him to say that we are to live like were 80 years old, because that's what he say an 80-year-old person. They can basically walk around every day. Think I'm going to die today, but it would be criminally foolish by that point in your life not to have made preparation what's going to be left behind while in the same way he says the whole human race ought to live like it's 80 years old. Let me give you four things that would change in your life if you believe that his return was eminent for things that an 80-year-old person metaphorically speaking, how they would view their lives. Here's number one spiritual alertness, spiritual alertness, how would you live differently. If you knew Jesus, for coming back tonight. The church that I have a gruff and talked about the return of Jesus a lot. I can only say this point, there were little obsessed. We had posters with dragons on them and timelines and politicians written over certain of the dragons. I think Jimmy Carter made a cameo in there somewhere that I remember anybody else following groupings are for the posters in the films of the public okay. It was sort of something we knew that there were three ways you get a lot of people to church want talk about sex that still works number two talk about the end times and then if you really wanted to pack the church out. Speculate on whether there will be sex in the end times in a rapture sex or whatever and that's that was loitering about, but we talked about all the time. The entire winter bumper stickers unification rapture.

This car will be unmanned, I started to feel bad for people who do another year. This maybe Jesus had not come to you and I'll be like cheer up, it's not the end of the world in order. There's always tomorrow which she would be true of your rapture prediction would have actually happened, when I was 14 years old this happen frequently by rewarding specific instance where I got in a lot of trouble at school and I knew it was bad enough that when I got home my parents really go Old Testament on me, and so I remember saying to Jesus like I apologize to him. I knew that he was patient, forgiving like to just bring a rapture like between now and when I get home because I know I'm good with you and so, but I'm not really so in my parents.

I was always obsessing over the knot I got left anytime appearance you what were they. I have this recurring nightmare that the rapture happened and I stayed by buddy else you know what I'm talking about, I just need one. I remember very vividly at eight years old at eight years old.

The rapture happens Jesus comes back and I will start going going up into heaven, and I don't know what theology I had is an eight-year-old.

But but in my dream I got all went to the top of my house and then Jesus just said nope not enough faith to drop me and I got up and I Sears Arena. My parents bedroom and felt a bit my daughter still here you even now even now the night my wife and I laid in bed talking about the second coming of Jesus, and she starts saying it would start all will be awesome that one day you and I might just drift off to sleep together and then we awake side-by-side as were sworn to the clouds of while she's talking to slow slip out of bed silently lay on the ground perfectly still. She's like no to me JD Jenny J so when you believe this great practical jokes, but I know that it's really easy for us to make fun of Paul that now I realize that but there is one thing one thing that my church had listen. One thing they had that I think were missing and that is the earnest expectation of his return.

A lot of people think of this doctrine is as superstitious nonessential.

Really, this is gonna be uneducated, embarrassing uncle of Christian theology.

You never hear a lot of talk about twilight your most famous Bible teacher.

You never hear them talk about this, but the cousin Eddie of Christian theology. Listeners of the 260 chapters in the New Testament, there are 318 references of the second coming of Christ. One out of every 13 verses in your New Testament talks about the second coming. Furthermore, almost every command in the New Testament at some point it's tied to the second coming. In other words, you should do this because this is about to happen.

For example, first John, if you really understand that Jesus is coming back and you have that hope in you and you will purify yourself just like he is your if you understand that the Lord is at hand will become a gracious and forgiving person for every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ first coming ate that look forward to his second we have a whole holiday where we celebrate the first coming, but hardly anything ever gets said about his second Charles Stevens. It was one of my first pastors you say this, how can we call this doctrine nonessential. It's in every chapter of the Bible. Every command is tied to everything in the Christian life in balance. What if you knew Jesus was coming back today would not make you ask a question with some urgency and am I ready my living today in a way that I will be happy to see him tonight.

You probably quit punting certain questions and you probably pick quit hunting certain assignments of the church. I brought them used in just about every service you help me understand you, you are set. We stand every service thereby would say that the pastor was a mariner have to meet and greet. The Lord is coming, and then he would say that it might be today. Honestly, I think we could use a little bit more of that kind of thinking it might be today. This might be your last chance to hear the gospel and respond. This might be your last chance to tell that friend that neighbor that grandparent that child. It might be your last chance to tell them about Jesus. Jesus was returning tomorrow when you change your priorities so very short letter with purpose. You're listening to Senate language.

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