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It Is Later Than Ever (3 of 10)
Series: Eternal Matters
Luke 21:5-12a, 24b-28; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Introduction: A little girl was having trouble sleeping one night. Her bedroom was upstairs, and every few minutes her parents, who were downstairs reading, would hear her little feet coming down the stairs. First she wanted a drink of water. Then she wanted a cookie. Another time she wanted to know what time it was. Finally her parents' patience ran out. They warned her that if she came downstairs one more time she would be in big trouble.
All the little girl could do was lie in bed and listen to the striking of the grandfather clock downstairs. After the clock chimed eleven o'clock something happened mechanically, because the clock continued to chime. When the old clock chimed the eighteenth time, the little girl threw caution to the wind and jumped up and ran downstairs and cried, '"Mom, Dad--it's later than it's ever been!"'
That's what I am here to tell you today. It is later than it's ever been! For the next several weeks we are going to explore the Bible's teaching regarding the Second Coming of Christ. When it comes to this topic, people tend to be like the city slicker trying to get on a horse. If he doesn't fall off one side he falls off the other. People are often either agitated or agnostic about Christ's return. They either get in a frenzy, setting dates and speculating about when and what, or they put their hands over their ears and pretend it doesn't matter. Both are wrong! Let's see if we can mount this horse and stay on.
First, Christ's coming is certain. Jesus clearly said it. "I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go I will come again." The first book of the new Testament declares, "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory." (Matt. 24:30) Th ...
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