Saturday, August 02, 2014

SERMON: Prepare for the return

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 5/23/2014

The Millennium is the thousand-year period mentioned in connection with the description of Christ’s return to reign with his saints over the earth.

As detailed in the book of Acts, just before His ascension, Jesus met with the 12 apostles, who asked, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

The Millennium is the thousand-year period mentioned in connection with the description of Christ’s return to reign with his saints over the earth.

As detailed in the book of Acts, just before His ascension, Jesus met with the 12 apostles, who asked, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Jesus answered, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.”

We shouldn’t worry about when Jesus will return, rather our concern should be in how we prepare for His return. Alistair Begg, in his program “Truth for Life,” points out three ways that our interest in the return of Jesus will be revealed.

First, our interest should be revealed in a deep and personal concern for holiness. The word “hol”y comes from a root word that means “to separate.” The fact that we are bound by sin until, through the power of the Holy Spirit, our hearts are changed separates us from God. Holiness is God’s gift that we receive by faith through his Son, Jesus Christ, and is one of the essential elements of God’s nature, which in turn becomes an important part of our nature.

Second, our interest should be revealed in a genuine commitment to the praise and worship of God. We should spend time daily with God in prayer, and when we attend worship, we should come prayerfully expecting to meet God. If we praise and worship God, He will reveal Himself to us which will allow us to know God even though we cannot fully understand Him.

Third, our interest should be revealed in a compassionate, convicting, clear commitment to the gospel. The Bible is the unique, inspired word of God and provides guidelines for belief and behavior. Knowing scripture and obeying it are the two foundations of a godly life. Having our hearts changed by the Holy Spirit will lead us to the study of God’s word. The only way we can truly commit ourselves to God is to commit ourselves to a study of the scriptures.

At the end of the thousand years, there will be a new heaven and a new earth.

Revelations 21:3-4 tells us, “Now the dwelling place of God is with men and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying for the old order of things has passed away.”

What a comforting promise to prepare for.

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