There is always more that could be said in every sermon, but generally application is the first thing to be cut when trying to figure out what needs to stay. Each Monday you can check back here to read a short bit of application from the text of Scripture studied the day before. The aim is that it would help us continue thinking about the truth that helps us shape our lives. With football season just around the corner we’ve decided to call this new segment on the blog “Monday’s Extra Point”.
With that said, here is the very first Monday Extra Point – Jesus IS Coming Again!
What we read about in Luke chapter 1 is an incredible moment in salvation history. God had not spoken to His people through a prophet in over 450 years, and now the most anticipated promises of the Old Testament are beginning to be fulfilled in the news about the births of Jesus and John. John would serve as the forerunner to God Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. John’s role was to prepare the people for Jesus’ coming to earth with a message of repentance.
Zechariah, as the future father of John, struggled to believe the angel’s message in 1:18. His struggle to believe the angel’s message about the birth and ministry of John may stem from the fact that he and his wife were very old, or it could have been hard to believe, because for thousands of years the anticipated messiah had not come. This is a bit of speculation in terms of pinpointing the source of Zechariah’s unbelief, but when it comes to our own, I think we can identify with the latter reason.
We’ve been told by Jesus Himself of His physical return (Matt. 24:30; Rev. 22:12), yet after 2000 years of not seeing His return it’s easy to succumb to a spiritual complacency in which the greatest promises of the Bible are no longer anticipated. We fall into the line of thinking that leads us to believe that Jesus will not come today or tomorrow, or even this year, because He didn’t come yesterday or the 2000 years before yesterday. But since the day and hour have already been set by the Father (Matt. 24:36), we can’t apply statistics to our understanding of when Jesus will come again. If you were to set a date for your wedding on August 9, (my anniversary), then the chances that you are going to have your wedding celebration with all of your guests on July 1st are zero. You are no more or less likely to get married on July 2nd or even August 2. You are getting married on August 9! And when August 9 comes around, it would be foolish for you to assume that you were not getting married on that day since you weren’t married on August 8 or any day before that. The day, even the hour, of Jesus’ return has been set by the Father. That could be today. It could be tomorrow. It is no more or less likely. As the bride of Christ, we are to be in preparation today. We want to be ready. Let us repent towards God and live by faith in His Son Jesus today, because as we saw yesterday in Luke chapter 1, it will happen, because God has spoken.