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The Great and Terrible Day (2 of 9)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 2
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
I'm going to talk about the great and terrible day. Now the great and terrible day is an oxymoron. An oxymoron is two things put together that don't fit, right? You're familiar with oxymorons? Let me give you a few. Jumbo shrimp is an oxymoron, doesn't really fit together. Pretty ugly (laughter), it's an oxymoron, doesn't fit together. Almost exactly, doesn't fit together. These are things that we use all the time. They're oxymorons. Here's one, terribly pleased. That doesn't fit together. How about this one - airline food? (laughter). And the last one, Microsoft works (laughter). Those don't fit together. Yeah, they're not very funny, but they are interesting. So here's the thing: The great and terrible day, that oxymoron is used in the Bible. It's used in Malachi chapter 4. Speaking of the coming of the LORD, the day of the LORD, the Scripture says, "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD."
Now is the coming of the Lord great, which means awesome, or is it terrible, which means dreadful? It all depends where you stand with Jesus Christ. The question of all the questions in the Bible was asked by an unbeliever. His name was Pilate. And he asked this question the day that Jesus was crucified, "What then shall I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?" That is the ultimate question on the whole Bible. What are you going to do with Jesus? Because whatever you do with Jesus determines whether the coming of the Lord, the day of the Lord, is a great day or a terrible day. Now Paul, speaking in his letters to the Thessalonian Christians talks a lot about the coming of the Lord. We've entitled this series, "Living Ready," because that's the emphasis on 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians is the coming of the Lord, the coming of the Lord, the coming of the Lord. And he says this start ...
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