Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Winter is at hand...don't believe it!

Luke 21:25-36
25"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

29He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32"I tell you the truth, this generation[a] will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
In Minnesota, we embrace winter and rejoice in its beauty. It is true that winter can be beautiful. However, would you want to spend eternity in winter? The truth is that winter is harsh and unforgiving. It brings a temporary death or absence of many things. Some of us enjoy cross-country skiing or snowmobiling, while others struggle to pay for their heating bills or warm clothing. That is winter's reality. God intends for us to live in the warmth of summer with Him in eternity. Vicar Lehmann posted a sermon that reminds us that Jesus is coming and He's bringing summer with Him! Please read his message in a quiet moment when you can reflect on what he is trying to teach us...

Beloved, today Jesus comes to you and announces the coming of the Summer. Do not listen to the world. As wind buffets your house and white flakes assail your face, you might believe winter is at hand. Do not believe it. Jesus comes with the end of another season, and His reign is endless day. Jesus is a Summer Lord, and if you listen to His Words carefully, you know it's springtime. “Behold the fig tree. Whenever it is already sprouting leaves, you know that Summer is nigh.” For, beloved, it must be spring when we are so close to the advent of the King. Jesus is the King who brings with Him Eternal Summer. Read on...

A sermon for Advent 2 based on Luke 21:25-36 by Vicar Charles Lehmann

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