2011-12-01 / Worship

God’s alarm clock announces the fulfillment of the Gospel

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Mark 13: 24-37)

In the beginning of time, God wound his clock and set the alarm to go off only when the Gospel is fulfilled. That clock has been running all these years and has already used up all the morning hours. Now the church has passed through many of the evening hours and, judging from world events and the attitudes of present-day Christians, it seems we might be in the final stages of time. Read Mark 13:24-37.

In Revelation 3:15-16, Jesus said to the churches of that day, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

Again today, many church people and churches have become lukewarm. We see people focusing more on worldly possessions than on God. And the whole planet is feeling the effects of that greed. In our frenzied quest for material goods we have contaminated the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the very soil under our feet. Diseases of the mind, body and spirit run rampant worldwide as we neglect God’s children to pursue our own interests.

Jesus likened these signs to the leaves on a fig tree: when the tender branches produce leaves you know summer is near; likewise when you see the signs you will know that the end time is near (Mark 13:28-29). But He told his apostles that only God knows when the end will come (Mark 13:32).

We know that the last days will be frightening. Jesus said, “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken” (Mark 13:24-25). “And then shall He send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven” (Mark 13:27).

But then again Jesus reassures us, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Mark 13:31).

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