In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
As the end of the church year approaches our minds begin to turn towards Christmas. The world around us has been reminding us since mid-October that Christmas is coming. Unfortunately, that tends to affect us in the Church. In so many churches, all of the Christmas decorations are up by the first Sunday of Advent. We tend to get ahead of ourselves and pass over important things that Scripture teaches us. Yes, Christmas is coming. In a little over a month we will gather here to celebrate the fact that our God took on our flesh and was born as a baby in Bethlehem. But before we can celebrate the historical facts of His first coming, it is good for us to remember that “this same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). The Day of Judgment is coming and we must be prepared. That is why Jesus tells us the signs of the end and what will take place on the Last Day so we are not found unaware or unprepared.
It’s not good to be a goat. The goats are condemned because, as Jesus says, “I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.” These Words of Jesus seem to confirm what our minds have come to believe about heaven: you get in by being good. Or, how we have come to define goodness.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).