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11-25-18 Sermon

Christ the King Sunday 

Mark 13:24-37

Today is Christ the King Sunday. Traditionally, the last three Sundays of the church year deal with the end times and Jesus’ second coming. End times are always a hot topic for Christians and non-Christians alike.

But as we read the Gospel lesson, we’re warned of many things that must happen before Jesus returns, and for the non-believer, some of them are very frightening.

We most definitely live in a changing uncertain world. A world that wants us to believe that we should do whatever it takes to feel good. There are people who want you to believe that God’s Word is outdated and useless. Many believe that Jesus’ mission was only to teach tolerance and to coexist with all people. They don’t want to talk about Jesus atonement for sin, because that would mean there is sin. So many people today are very content in their unbelief.

The lie, by which satan temped Adam and Eve, is the same lie that’s been repeated over, and over again, only the packaging has changed. Our sinful natures want us to look out for number one and not be concerned about anyone else.

False prophets have a laundry list of things to do in order to be saved. Jesus’ death on the cross might be mentioned in passing, but the focus is on saving ourselves, eliminating our need for Jesus at all. When we see God as an angry God of judgment, we will never come to know Him as our Heavenly Father.

 

That’s why it’s so important for us to know God’s Word, because in it, we hear of who Jesus really is. We see Jesus, the Son of God, who lived the perfect life. Jesus willingly went to the cross in our place to suffer, to die, and to rise again—in order to break the power of sin, death, and the devil that has held us in bondage. It’s because of Jesus that we can come to God and confess our sins, and know they have been forgiven. So when things in this world seem to be completely out of control, all the more reason, we must cling to that promise that God has given to us in His Word.

 

That my friends, is why we are here. That’s why we come back here to God’s House week after week, to let God feed us with His word and His sacraments. We’re not here to reinvent the Gospel, turning it into something it isn’t. We’re here to prepare for our meeting the LORD face to face. We’re here to grow in our faith, and share the good news with others. That’s why it is so important to continue to invite others to come and be a part of our family of faith.

As a congregation in mission for Christ it’s my prayer that we will serve as beacon of light and bring Jesus to those who need him so badly. As we receive forgiveness we are able to forgive others.

As we are encouraged by the body of Christ, we can encourage others. That’s what the purpose of the church has always been about, and it is for that reason we exist as a congregation.

So let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:2 God has revealed to us signs of Jesus 2nd coming so that we need not be afraid when Jesus returns, even though the things of this world will pass away.

As Christians who are in a saving relationship with Jesus, we can live confidently, holding fast to God’s unchanging Word.

There is great urgency, that we are intentional about inviting—encouraging others to come and hear this life giving message. It is of the utmost importance to learn how to apply God’s Word to daily life. Invite others to join us in faith, study, and fellowship, because in so doing, we prepare ourselves to walk in His ways now and be ready for Jesus return.

All things and people in this world come and go. New congregations are organized and other congregations close. Yet, God’s Word is eternal. His promises never change; a lifeline we can hold on to in times of uncertainty.

That’s what we, as disciples of Christ, have to offer to this community and the world. is my sincere prayer that together, we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, live our lives in faith—not in fear, and joyfully prepare for the King of kings second coming. Grant this O LORD unto us all.