by Jackie Prim

Advent: Do You Know What Time it Is?
Jackie Prim
Romans 13:11-14

11 Besides this, you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Today is the first Sunday of the Advent season. It marks our focus on the coming of the Lord. But our focus should not be limited to the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. It is equally important that we focus our attention to the second coming of the Lord. He is coming back, church. And I honestly believe He's on His way. Things are lining up according to the Word of God. Are you paying attention to what's going on in the Middle East? With Israel? The time is not as long as it has been. So are you ready for Christ to return? I'm not asking if you are anticipating His appearance - but are you ready for it?

Our text lets us know that there are some things we need to do to be ready for Jesus when He comes back. And I am concerned that many of us who believe and confess our love for him are just not good to go. The scripture says we must put on Jesus and shut down the flesh.

There is a fable which tells of three apprentice devils who were coming to this earth to finish their apprenticeship. They were talking to Satan, the chief of the devils, about their plans to tempt and to ruin men. The first said, ''I will tell them that there is no God.''
Satan said, ''that will not delude many, for they know that there is a God.'' The second said, ''I will tell men that there is no Hell.'' Satan answered, ''You will deceive no one that way; men know even now that there is a he ...

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