Sunday, November 18, 2012

This is God’s World



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Taking notes and gleaning from Pastor Jerry’s sermon as he ministered from Mark 13 1-8

Mark 13:1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

Jesus told his disciples that this marvelous building would be torn down, and that he was able to build it up again within three days.  These words were confusing to them, and they did not realize that Jesus was speaking of his death and resurrection.

When Jesus arose from the dead and appeared unto many, and after 40 days ascended into heaven, the angels foretold that this same Jesus would return in like manner as they had seen him go.

Again the Christians misunderstood and believed that any day Jesus would return. 

Through out history there have been many predictions as to a year, a day and hour of his return and many have gone up to a mountain waiting and were disappointed.

There are many different thoughts about the end times.  Some believe the wars, fires, earthquakes, floods and natural disasters are a sign of the soon return of Jesus.  If so we need not fall apart, but allow God’s peace to reign in our hearts.

God will be with us until the end, and that is good news indeed.

Even today there are dooms day preachers who are foretelling the return of Jesus.  We have seen cult leaders deceive their followers. 

In the 70’s the word was Armageddon, in the 80’s, Second coming, in the 90’s the Left Behind books, and movies were popular and in recent years Harold Camping and others have predicted dates, that did not mature.

End of the world stories are scary, but the truth is that we as Christian, need not fear, but again we must be prepared in our hearts at all times. 

It is wise to reflect and because we have hindsight we can look at the past predictions and stories, and take heart.  We have many things to be thankful for even in a shaking world.

Jesus assured us that the kingdom of God is here, now in our hearts. 

He also stated that no man knows the day or the hour of his return, not even the angels, only God the Father knows. 

Jesus also said that many will come in His name and say lo here or lo there but do not be led astray. 

Isaiah told us:  Do not tremble or be afraid.  God is in control and this is His World. 
 
This post is Linked with Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays
Also shared with Joan Davis at: Sharing His Beauty

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