The Day of the Lord

Connecting Points

Monday, March 22, 2010

Today’s Topic:  The Day of the Lord

Today’s Text: 2 Peter 3:10 (NLT)  But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment.

WOW! What a fabulous way to start a Monday morning. It is an unbelievable blessing to know that we are safe and secure. Hope has been restored. The future looks bright. People’s real needs are being met. Our Fearless Leader has done it. We have been granted life insurance.

You thought I was going to say health insurance, didn’t you? What the government did last night is puny news compared to what Jesus did on the cross. The health care needs of people are real, but not nearly as important as their spiritual needs. Dying from sickness should not concern us nearly as much as dying forever.

The Day of the Lord is coming, and it will surprise most people. There are two reasons for this: they haven’t been listening; or they haven’t had anything to listen to. They probably aren’t listening because they are so intent on getting everything they can from this world. They believe this life offers them everything they need, and they are intent on getting it. And what they can’t get for themselves, government owes them.

But I think the issue of them not listening is primarily because we aren’t speaking the truth to them about the Day of the Lord that’s coming. I hope it doesn’t surprise those of us who claim to be the follower’s of the true King.

My friends, there is a terrible day coming. Everything that God created in the original creation will be destroyed by fire. The very tiniest of elements which form the building blocks of all else will be destroyed. It will be utter and complete annihilation. All that “stuff” that people worked so hard to accumulate will be gone. All the pleasures we experienced from it will be forgotten. All the value we thought we added to our lives will become worthless. All the identity we placed in it will be erased.

Hang on a minute, PJ. I thought you said this was a fabulous way to start a Monday.

Like I said, the joy is in the life insurance. Death will happen to the world. Life eternal is ours now and forever! Hallelujah!

Read on in Second Peter 3 verses 11-13. Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. (emphasis mine)

Quite a contrast, huh? Which side of the “Day of the Lord” coin will you choose to look at today? My goal today is to be more excited about the coming of Jesus than the Democratic leadership was about what they did last night. My goal is to focus on getting as many people rescued from the bondage of worldly pleasure as possible.

That means they have to hear about the alternative.

Will you join me in telling them?

Pastor John

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