ONE DAY THE NEXT DAY WILL BE THE DAY HE COMES

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

 http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

INTRODUCTION

Gospel concert Labor Day weekend, spiritual retreat for me

      Some songs stick in my head, stay for weeks and months

2 songs really struck me in a special way, want to share with you

      – stick in your heart as well

            One today, next in 2 weeks

            Both by same group – Down East Boys

 

I. IMPACT OF HIS COMING ON OUR FUTURE

 

A. THE TRUTH OF IT

 

One day the next day will be the day He comes…..

So SIMPLE

      But SO TRUE we often forget it

So busy in life, etc., don’t think about it

“BLESSED HOPE” for us

Persecuted believers more in touch with this

      Us here caught up in ‘life’ and juggling everything often don’t think about it

 

PROMINENT TRUTH IN GOD’S WORD!

 

1 Thess 4:13-18  Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

 

ME NEW BELIEVER much talk, focus on rapture, Jesus coming back for us

I first became familiar with this passage 45 years ago

      In the Army, start of Viet Nam war – looked for His return any day!

            Threat of war, separation, death overwhelmed me

      I thought about it and spoke about it often

      CONVINCED this world couldn’t go more than a few months at the most!

            But time went on and He didn’t return

 

Then out of Army, life easier, not think about it as much

      Especially when years go by and not return

 

RECENTLY TRUTH OF IT coming alive in me again

      -older, most of my life behind me, not ahead

      -near death of my father

            LONG for a way to avoid going through old age & death – father and me

            Maybe not have to!    maybe Jesus return first

            Great thought – GLORIOUS HOPE!

TRANSITION

NOT JUST ESCAPE, though

      Jesus’ return far more than that!

B. THE HOPE FROM IT

 

SIN, SUFFERING, AGE, PAIN, SORROW GONE FOREVER

WITH GOD IN HEAVEN FOREVER more and more of a reality

 

We saw that in recent series on Jesus death and resurrection as well

      Came, died – ascended

      Next thing – COME AGAIN

 

Told the disciples:

John 14:1-5   “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

 

Last sermon, about ascension

Acts 1:10-11 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

 

TRUTH of His coming reassuring, peace, HOPE (assurance)

 

TRANSITION

But song impacted me about more than just FUTURE assurance, event

Listen again and see what else God says to you through it:

 

II. IMPACT OF HIS COMING ON OUR PRESENT

 

A. WHAT WE WOULD DO TODAY

 

What else does that song convey besides what awaits us in the future?

ME impacted, implications for TODAY

      IF HE COMES TOMORROW, WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING TODAY?

      If I knew tomorrow was the day, what would I do today?

            This MIGHT be the day before, am I doing/living as I should?

WHAT SHOULD I DO TODAY IF I KNEW HE WAS COMING FOR ME TOMORROW?

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TODAY IF YOU KNEW HE WAS COMING FOR YOU TOMORROW?

     Walk in isle, everyone share, give mike if needed

 

GET RIGHT WITH GOD

      Confess sin, get victory over it

      Remove anything between me and God

      Recommit to relationship with Him

 

SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH GOD

      Spend time with Him – pray, read Bible

 

GET RIGHT WITH OTHERS

      Make up with any where things not right, as much as is up to us to do

      Reconnect with those not talked to in a long time

 

 

SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH OTHERS

      Reassure those closest to us that we love, appreciate them

      Tell those who don’t know Jesus about Him

 

B. WHAT WE WOULDN’T DO TODAY

 

WHAT WOULDN’T YOU DO TODAY?

     Walk in isle, everyone share, give mike if needed

 

WHAT WE WOULDN’T DO

      Wash kitchen floor

      Work on stock portfolio

      Watch hours of TV

      Slip into that sin that seems to trap us

      Hang out at the mall

 

Why not?  Those things wrong? 

      NO – but not top priorities!!!

            (do you see where I’m going with this?)

 

C. WHAT WE SHOULD DO TODAY

 

-if CAN do it if Jesus comes, then why not now?  Why put off?

    NOT sell everything and live on mt top

    BUT keep the most important things first

      It is doable, just face it and do it

      Procrastination one of Satan’s best weapons

      WRONG PRIORTIES keep us from being ready whenever He comes

            Wouldn’t it be GREAT to be able to say we wouldn’t do anything different today

            Everything in order, everything ready for Him to come!!

           

IT CAN BE THAT WAY for us

      He WILL come one day

      If not come before we die, then know will die one

 

Another song:

I’m closer to where I’m going than where I’ve been

      True of me

      ALL of you, even really young – not guaranteed life

            Rapture or die any time

 

CONCLUSION

-going to India, closer time comes more in touch with them, all ready

      Think about it more, more anxious to get there

Closer we get to heaven more ready, in touch

      Not just when get older

      But each day one day closer to DAY HE COMES

      One day the next day will be the day He comes!

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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