Worship Service 13 November 2016
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
November 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 21:5-19
Subject
The Prophet's Vision of Sin-free Life
Description

Scriptures:

Isaiah 65:17-25 ;

Isaiah 12:1-6;

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13;

Luke 21:5-19

Luke 21:5-19                      New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

When the Temple Will Be Destroyed and the Signs of the End

Some of Jesus’ disciples were talking about the temple. They spoke about how it was decorated with beautiful stones and with gifts that honored God. But Jesus asked, “Do you see all this? The time will come when not one stone will be left on top of another. Every stone will be thrown down.”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

Jesus replied, “Keep watch! Be careful that you are not fooled. Many will come in my name. They will claim, ‘I am he!’ And they will say, ‘The time is near!’ Do not follow them. Do not be afraid when you hear about wars and about fighting against rulers. Those things must happen first. But the end will not come right away.”

10 Then Jesus said to them, “Nation will fight against nation. Kingdom will fight against kingdom. 11 In many places there will be powerful earthquakes. People will go hungry. There will be terrible sicknesses. Things will happen that will make people afraid. There will be great and miraculous signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this, people will arrest you and treat you badly. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison. You will be brought to kings and governors. All this will happen to you because of my name. 13 And so you will be witnesses about me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry ahead of time about how to stand up for yourselves.15 I will give you words of wisdom. None of your enemies will be able to withstand them or prove them wrong. 16 Even your parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends will hand you over to the authorities. The authorities will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair on your head will be harmed. 19 Remain strong in the faith, and you will receive eternal life.

 

Pastor's Summary of Isaiah 65:17-25

"O that you would tear open the heavens and come down" (64:1): thus the people of Israel pray that God will reveal himself to them as in days of old. God answers, speaking through the prophet, "I was ready to be sought out" (65:1) but no one has sought my help.  Instead, Israel was disobedient and self-centered; they will be punished, but God will preserve a faithful line, chosen by him. Fortunes will be reversed:"my servants shall eat" (v. 13) and be joyful but the majority will go hungry and be shamed. God will give "a different name" "to his servants" (v. 15), the faithful. God will completely transform the cosmos ("new heavens and a new earth", v. 17); he will forget waywardness. The inhabitants of the new Jerusalem will be joyful (v. 18); sorrow will cease (v. 19). Long life was considered a blessing; now lifetimes will be even longer (v. 20). Life will be stable and harvests plentiful; God will bless his people (vv. 21-23). In v. 22, the "tree" is probably the tree of life in the Garden of Eden; there will be a return to the people to seek him (v. 24). All will be at peace in "my holy mountain" (v. 25), the new Jerusalem. Conflict between animal species will cease, and humans will live in harmony.