Sunday Morning 3/10/13

Posted by Sherry


Living In the Expectation of His Return
Revelation 22:7, 12-17
CBC 3/10/2013 SM

INTRO: How often do you think about the return of Jesus in the clouds?
Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking into the sky? Jesus, whom you saw taken up from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you saw him go.”
We say we want Jesus to return...
We say we want to see heaven...
We say we’re tired of the sorrow and pain...
But do we LIVE IN EXPECTATION of Jesus coming again?

TEXT:
7 And behold, I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and [a]to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this [little] book.

  • Warning & Promise (vs. 7, 12-13)
  • 12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit.(B)
  • 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all). 
  • coming speedily
    • not just looking for something to happen...
    • we are looking for someone to come
  • if we believe Jesus is coming...
    • what are we doing about it?
    • how are we getting ready?
    • how does one prepare for such a coming?
ILL: how would we prepare if someone of importance to us called and said they would be dropping by our house, but didn’t give us a definite time, but assured us they were coming?

Being Ready - We need to be examined! (vs. 14,15)
14 Blessed (happy and [c]to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to [approach] the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city.(D)
15 [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating). 
  • some have already prepared spiritually
    • initiated a personal relationship w/ Jesus Christ
    • John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
      • going to church does not mean you will see heaven
      • being kind to animals doesn’t save you
      • helping little old ladies across the street gets you a merit badge, not heaven
      • Paul said, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
      • Jesus said, “not everyone who says, ‘Lord; Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.’”
  • some have not prepared
    • dogs - scavengers living outside the city walls because of the destruction they would cause
      • Sorcerers - magic arts - If you think you can tell the future, or look to horoscopes to save your days
      • Sexually Immoral - Anything outside the confines of man/woman in marriage
      • Murderers - knife wielders and people who cut others down
      • Idolaters - placing things/other people before God
      • Lovers of Falsehoods - liars/ gossipers
  • Sin cannot be in the presence of a Holy God
    • a person may fool others, but God sees the heart and cannot be fooled
    • Rev 21:8: But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
    • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, NLT - Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers—none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.
    • Galatians 5:19-2, NCV - The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom. 

Divine Invitation - Come (vs.17)
17 The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.

  • Spiritual RSVP
    • invitation for salvation to all people
  • a) The Spirit & The Bride Say “Come” - 
    • This is a gospel appeal. 
    • Bible will not close before an opportunity is given for the unsaved to trust Christ. 
    • This invitation by the Spirit remains open to anyone who will come by faith to Christ to accept the Lord’s gracious offer of eternal life.
  • b) The Hearers Say “Come” - 
    • We are the hearers and the Bride. 
    • If we truly believe that Christ is coming back to take His church to be with Him, then it is our job to invite people to Christ. 
    • This takes more than just saying that people need Christ, we need to do something about it.

Matthew 28: 19,20 NIV - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Acts 1:8 NIV - But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

  • c) Call for the thirsty to “Come” - 
    • invitation to the unsaved to come to Him for the water of life (salvation) and thus be ready for His return. 
    • The invitation to men is to come and to take the Water of Life. 
    • The Lord Jesus stood and said, “… If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37). 
    • That is the invitation that goes out today. 
    • If you are tired of drinking at the cesspools of this world, He invites you to come, What an invitation this is to come to Him!

Conclusion

  • How do you respond to the promise of the Lord’s return? 
  • John’s last chapter can help you take inventory.
    • Are you treasuring His Word and obeying it (v. 7)? 
    • This is His message to you (v. 16), 
    • and it must not be altered (vv. 18–19). 
    • There is a special blessing for the obedient (v. 14).
    • Are you doing the work He has called you to do (v. 12)? 
    • He promises to reward faithful servants (Luke 12:35–48).
    • Do you really want Jesus to return today (v. 20)? 
    • Do you “love His appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8)? 
    • If Jesus were to come today, would you be disappointed and your plans be upset?
    • Are you urging lost sinners to trust Him and be ready for His coming (v. 17)?
    • The Holy Spirit works through the church to bring lost people to the Saviour.
    • The people described in 21:8 and 22:11 can be saved (1 Cor. 6:9–11) and become new creatures ready for the new heaven and earth (2 Cor. 5:17). 
    • Will you tell them?

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