Living in the Last DayBro. David Chancellor
6/12/2011 11:00 AM
Luke 21:10-11, 25-28
Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Jesus was dealing with the many things that would happen during the gospel day. It describes some amazing things. In it all we can look to Christ and know he is coming back again. It seems like a year of disasters already. “…for your redemption draweth nigh…” Whatever time we find ourselves in, God has a reason for us to be here. There have been sinful men in every age. God wants a people in every age of time. When we look on world events, we need to appreciate that God is still working. God is still there for us. Continue to lift up God and be what he would have you to be and it will work for good.
1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
We believe we live in the last time; John did, too. We live in the last day, the gospel day. The gospel has come to save the souls of men. We’re here for a reason/purpose. God is still working in the last time. We look forward to seeing Jesus. Be concerned about keeping your eyes on God and lifting him up.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Don’t focus on the wickedness of the time. “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord…” Delight in God instead of focusing on the doom and gloom. If we focus on the wickedness, we’ll miss out on what God brought. If your life would have purpose, delight yourself in the Lord. (v. 5-6) God will answer Jesus’ prayer to keep us from evil. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” God is still at work. Keep your eyes on him.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord. God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
“The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous…” We can testify to the salvation of God. “Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.” The gate is the Lord: Christ. These words convey the message of Christ. Jesus became the cornerstone. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” We want to rejoice in the gospel day. God put us here now, and we need to be ready and willing to rejoice in God in this day. Don’t long for other times; let God use you now. God is still able to work now. Opportunities to work for God may show up as problems. Jesus came so people could put their salvation to work. We want people to know about God and glory in him. Give God praise for his blessings to you.
When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
This talks some about the judgment of God that would come and his reaction to it. The list doesn’t sound very good. “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” This is how we should be. Things are bad, but God is good. Commit your way to God, do what is right, and rejoice that God is still able and willing to save souls. Rejoice in the Lord.