Had a moment yesterday reminiscing on some of the greatest sermons I heard in Bible College. Could think of four that were my absolute favorite. Going to share those on the blog this week. Just some of the Scriptures and ideas behind them. Interestingly enough, they were to my recollection, all student led services and messages by fellow college students.
One message was based off of the Scripture passage in the Gospel of Mark 13:32-36:
"No one knows about the day or hour (of the end times and Christ's return), not event the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the hosue will come back - whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: Watch!"
David Wilkerson wrote a book many years ago with this theme. Towards the middle of the book there was this question, and it was really the theme of the book. His question was "if you knew Jesus was coming back at 6am tomorrow morning, what would you change tonight?"
Maybe you know exactly what you would change. Maybe get rid of some things that are holding you back spiritually? Maybe you would call up some relatives and beg them to come to Jesus. Maybe you would need to do something else.
This is the exact point of the passage in Mark. We don't know the day or the hour. We must live every day as if Jesus is coming at 6am tomorrow morning. Live every day as if it's our last.
There are so many teachings out there on the signs of the times and the fact is that we are nearer than ever to the return of Christ. More than any generation before us, we must live every day as if it's our last.
Then, listen to 1 John 2:18 - thousands of years ago John the Beloved Apostle proclaimed "this is the last hour" of time. If it was the last hour during the time of the Apostles, then we are in the last minute of time. It's 11:59, and Jesus is near. Make sure you are right with God. Don't delay.