Hope in the Last Days (10 of 14) by David Cawston

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Hope in the Last Days (10 of 14)
David Cawston
I Peter 4:7-11


When time is short, things get urgent.

When a friend or family member calls and tells you that he or she hasn't got long to live, your time together becomes more urgent and your discussions return to the basics.
When a hurricane is blowing in and when the black tunnel of a tornado looms on the horizon, you don't pull out the Monopoly game or begin preparing a gourmet meal.

It's all about survival, and survival calls for simplicity.

If you're driving to church and see an accident happen, and you're the only one to assist, you don't worry about being late or getting your Sunday clothes dirty or bloody.
When the situation is urgent, the mission is simple.

Jesus modeled this for us.

As long as there was time, He took time to eat with His disciples and train them. He ministered to individuals whenever and whatever their need.
He would linger over a meal with friends.
He would sit back and enjoy relaxing moments with Mary, Martha and Lazarus. But when the hour of the cross drew near, urgency gripped His voice.

His attention focused on those few priorities that were in front of Him.
Matt 16:21
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.(NIV)

It's interesting to note at that point Peter gave a wonderful statement of faith, but Jesus rebuked him, telling him not to talk like that.

Matt 16:22
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"(NIV)

Peter was planning on a kingdom – he was not planning on a cross.

Matt 16:23
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of m ...

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