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May 9, 2021 1:00 am
Look up! Lift up your heads! The day of the Lord's redemption is drawing near! Stu & Robby continue their discussion of Christ's return, staying in Luke 21: 25-38.
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He's coming back what you like or not but were knocking to be able to manipulate or prognosticate the exact date and time. We do look at this this passage from Scripture. God read the passage Robbie and then will go will probably tackle the last maybe you know three or four questions here as we wrap up this section of Luke chapter 21 verses 25 to 38 and there will be signs in the sun and the moon and then the stars and on the earth, distresses of nations, in perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring men's hearts failing them for fear, and expectation of those things which are coming on the earth for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen. Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. Then he spoke to them a parable look at the figtree and all the trees when there are already budding you see in you know for yourselves that summer is now mere so you also, when you see these things happen now that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place, heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not by no means pass away, but take heed to yourselves.
Let your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life and that they come on you and asked unexpectedly, for it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may not be That you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man in the day time he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and stayed on the mount of Olivet the early then early in the morning. All the people came to him in the temple to herein so people are clamoring to hear Jesus. He is answering one question by the disciples.
It's the longest answer to a question Jesus gave in the whole Bible. And it's right here in Luke chapter 21 and I really want to pick up the statement.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words will not pass away. This statement of God's eternal truth in his word is something we know concretely so this does the language here about, you know, this generation will not pass away some language about semi apocalyptic events in the sun and the clouds.
The earthquakes know that we don't know exactly how to connect all those dots per se, but we do know that his word is true and it's it's really what is your what Mark Twain said. He says not to stuff the Bible I don't understand gives me trouble exist on the Bible that I do understand that I have the court, this time with right so you're in the heavenly's try to figure prophecy at wow about love and service sacrifice for your wife. Now that's going to be a little bit tougher. I think I'd rather I'd rather be going deep into eschatological diagnostics with you and then actually put the railroad go share Jesus and how to be saved with my neighbor will face a certain doom. If he doesn't receive the good news of Christ. So there's some practical things your Christ gets practical but he makes that statement in verse 33 Rob illicit the last couple few questions your baby. I love his question why is there so much apathy regarding the return of Christ you have that you will you know we don't care. Honestly, a lot of times when this subject comes up, but it's the next great event in history and it's really easy to. There's all these challenges to be ready to not get caught up in the, the drunkenness, carousing of his word of caution, verse 34 and 35. He says beware.
Don't get caught up in the carousing drug is the cares of life. The idea of it being intoxicated simply means you know being inebriated in my so my so controlled by intoxicated by the stuff of this world. It's crazy.
It's busy and you talk to more people in their life always a Jesus can come back now.
I got this vacation to Disney World, and you can come back now I'm a go, and in those things that I get caught up in them right. But I think that also for me as I really ponder that question. I love that question two. By the way, Stu is II really sends me to searching. How cool is the kingdom that's coming in some of the things that John does gives of the vision of in Revelation them in the rest of the word tells us about what it is that's coming in the kingdom and how much better it's going to be all the world are that hunting trip or anything you might possibly look at what's on your calendar right now and put everything on their tails don't care what it is not your first two years in Hawaii at the multibillion-dollar resort don't care what it is.
It pales in comparison to complete consummate fellowship with Jesus in heaven forever and maybe we just don't understand how awesome heaven is.
Maybe we have lost the that light that passion for how awesome Jesus is maybe our communion maybe were so were in such fellowship with the darkness in the, the, the unbelief in the world that weave our passions for that of way outweighed it would create all these idols and SRC says don't be mostly by two things fascinating. The first thing is immorality. This is just this is represent by drunkenness.
This is just, you know, just getting in the flesh, some us of it. We let our guard down and let immorality creep in and it's enticed us away from Jesus.
The second thing is worldliness or apathy, nicer levers and by slumber slumber to serve you know, or passively, where we just get checked out yet. We checked our reply. Really, like my life. Now you know.
And in goodness of Christ came back. What a disruption that would be you know and how attached we are to the things this world and into the cares of this life points to some and then he comes back with this really stern command watch. Therefore, in prey, which recovered some last week one of many calls to be alert Christ awake his disciples up prayer losses go hand-in-hand.
All throughout Scripture, especially in light of his return.
Watch and be ready always be sober rebuilds and Peter says in first Peter five Rivas next question automotive really that one out here to you because I love your question watch not. I'm a sailor so like I'm always watching the wind because I want to know when it's good to get at a fish like I don't pay that residents of the weather. Unless there's something on my calendar that seems to be affected by what that is.
And so I get a sense of while the reason I'm not watching for the kingdom to come is because I'm not that excited about it and it's scary that in my own heart wow watch and pray like wow they did they do go together so I really do love that the next question that you're referring to is how important is reaching the ends of the earth in the end times discussion yeah and there is really this really connects a lot of dots. Robbie, because I want to live by, but especially David Chatterley says you were so focused on the end the times we forget about the is the earth, and there is no powerful word by Jesus throughout the Gospels.
I think I like Matthew 24 believes verse 14 where he says in this gospel shall preached the shall be preached in all the earth and then the end will come. So we actually can hasten the return of the Lord.
Believe it or not is crazy it sounds, we can actually expedite that process by going to the is the earth with the good news the gospel and that's what were called to be. This part is vigilance were not to run scalded when I called just to sit around in obsessed with heaven were called to invite people to go to heaven with a stick is always final questions how alert and prepared him for his return and how should I impact how that how should that impact my everyday life. In my heart for missions. Yeah this as everything to do taking the eminence of his return with an urgency to share Christ with people and you look at how people how do you get that by the way you do exactly how the passage ends was the very last verse in the passage was to say the very last. This is very Lester's Robbie was a real, then early in the morning. All the people came to him in the temple to hear early in the morning, but early in the morning as soon as the rabbis there.
We want to go here or something about Jesus is so bright, so beautiful, so attractive, so desires that they want to go and sit his feet and listened to him how my daily listing his feet how my passionately a disciple of Christ, truly, learning from how my discipling others and pouring that in to others in so what a great statement and you know may I sit his feet. It have ears to hear daily from Jesus and a heart to receive truth from him when I gently sure when he's returning but we know that we are called to see what we do know we know are called to reach the world is over 2 1/2 billion people on our planet planet Earth that have never heard the gospel. Christ final words before he ascended to heaven that his followers across her wrote a book about last words of Jesus, but his last word for going heaven were go in all the world make disciples. You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea. The uttermost part of the earth. Go and be a witness. Shine the light to him. There is a dark, empty, hopeless world out there and we are hope dealers we are called to take Jesus to them. Robbie, while we still have time and so this message on prophecy should cause us to delight us up even more so write the fires up to take the amazing gospel to the ends of the earth. What a great study. Read more.
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It lists up the son of God Jesus Villa Cedric Christo centric misuse of your preaching or he also compels you to go out there to share the gospel to all the earth. That's why we go to church to disciple each other and be built up in the faith to go out there in the world. We gather to be built up. We scatter and multiply to reach our world that is desperate for hope and that's why God is save you. Thanks for being those of you not safe call upon the Lord and be saved. Reach out to us go to it. I think there's a way.
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