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"The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1  


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From the Pastor's Heart

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings in the name of our soon coming Savior and Lord, We are living in perilous times, there is no doubt that the coming of Jesus is much closer than we think. The Bible says in James 5:8 “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” The Second Coming of Christ is the blessed hope; it is an event of promise. The clarion call of Scripture is that we live in anticipation and preparation for that great day. “Christ is coming soon. He declared that when there would be wars and rumors of wars, when there would be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in diverse places, we might know that the time of his second appearing is near. The wickedness, the turmoil, the disturbances on every side, should be regarded by us as signs that the day of God is at hand. ‘When these things begin to come to pass,’ he declared, ‘then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh’ “(Review and Heral4 Nov. 19, 1914).

If we are to understand the drawing near of our redemption we must adopt the frame of mind of the Lord’s listeners. The redemption that is at hand will not bring us to Heaven. The people to whom the Lord was speaking would not think in terms of making their eternal home in Heaven. The message is simple today. Yet, this text is a time-sensitive message. The text before us in Luke 21: 28 is straight forward and clear. I see three verb forms that are all time sensitive in Luke 21: 28—(1) It‘s time to straighten up. (2) It‘s time to lift up our heads (3) It‘s time for Jesus to return--our redemption is drawing near, I want us to examine three action verbs that the Word teaches—two of these we are to obediently follow The last verb is what Jesus will do, whether or not we are prepared. The last verb is sure—our redemption is drawing near. Nothing can deter our redemption from coming soon.

The real truth is that we are all closer to death than the second coming of Christ; I am not saying that Jesus coming is not imminent. The fact of the matter is that we may die before Jesus Comes. Whether we are prepared for Jesus‘return, straightened up, with our heads lifted up, He is still coming soon. The tarrying of the Lord is running out. Eggizo means to be at hand, to come near, to draw near, or to approach closely. Whether we are ready or not, Jesus is coming. Time is running out. The squeeze is on. This could be the last Sabbath worship for someone present here today.

He could come today, but if not, we should look for Him tomorrow. He could come this week, but if not, we should look for Him next week. He could come this year, but if not, we should look for Him next year. His coming may even be years away, but nonetheless we are wait and expect Him to come just as He said. We are in a state of being ready while continuing to get ready, walking in all the light God gives us and at the same time pressing on and seeking further instructions from God. To be ready means to live continuously in readiness for the Lords coming. Jesus says, "Be ready." "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh" (Matt. 24:44). Are you ready? Am I Ready?

Yours in the blessed hope

Pastor Livingstone Aaron

 

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