Tagged: Jesus’ return

Matthew 25:1-13

This text is used for the Lectionary Year A on November 9, 2014.

Jesus sought to prepare his followers for what they would face in the future, immediate and long term.  He spoke to them earlier regarding his impending death.  He now speaks to them of his return.  He speaks to them about what they could expect, how they should prepare and how they should go about waiting for his return.  If this parable was an arrow the target for the arrow would be the disciple’s experience of waiting for the Son of Man’s return. Continue reading

John 14:1-14

This text is used for the Lectionary Year A on May 18, 2014.

Jesus’s conversation with his disciples in John 14 is a staple at Christian funerals.  Rightly so, for in this passage we have the enormously comforting promise that Jesus will come back that his followers might be with him forever more.  The recollection of this promise should not be reserved for the graveside.  It should be preached from the pulpit, as well.  The pulpit provides an opportunity to explore the richness of this passage in full including its understanding of the key doctrines of the incarnation and salvation. Continue reading

Matthew 24:36-44

This text is used for the Lectionary Year A on December 1, 2013.

Christian hope is our confidence that God is the God of the future as well as the past and present. He is the One who WAS and IS and IS TO COME. He is both Alpha and Omega. That hope grows out of the consistent biblical message that God is working out his loving purposes in human history for all of creation. The events of history, despite human pride and violence, cannot frustrate those plans. In God’s own time and in God’s own way the reign of God will be extended to the entire creation. Jesus reaffirmed this hope as an essential part of his message about the dawning of the kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17).

The certainty of the consummation of the age to come is not questioned in Jesus’ teaching and ministry. The acts of power he performs — healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, even raising the dead – foreshadow the coming day when all who know him live forever in wholeness, joy, and peace in the presence of God on earth (Revelation 21:3-5). In fact, this consistent affirmation of hope became part of ancient Christian creeds: “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.”

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