DECEMBER 17, 2017
"Living In The Present"
Dr. Thomas Q. Robbins ~ Teacher
Today's lesson, Living In The Present, is the perfect time to ask yourself “How am I to get ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?
Listen with your mind and your heart as Dr. Robbins reads a passage from Matthew, the 24th chapter and verses 36-42. The subject of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ rarely comes up these days but it’s often taught and explained at the beginning of Advent – a celebration that focuses on the time Jesus, the Son of God, broke into history by being born of a virgin in Bethlehem at Christmas.
But the Church also believes that Jesus will come again which is referred to as the Second Coming. We all know that Jesus clearly taught this and that believers are to be warned to be ready for His return. So Advent is a good time to speak about the first and second coming of Jesus Christ – and that’s the topic for this message. But in the meantime, Jesus Christ comes into lives day after day and moment by moment and that’s simply how we have all experienced Him personally in our lives. When Jesus Christ returns the second time, history will culminate and life, as we know it, will be no more as He judges the living and the dead.
The issue in this second week of Advent is that we know Christ – we experience Him in our life and that we be ready for his return, whether it is by our personal death or are alive when He returns for the second time. Seems like the burning question for us then is this question, “How are we to be ready?” “What does being ready mean?” You now have the setting and purpose of today’s Bible study. The first week of Advent, a time of expectation and anticipation of the first coming of our Savior and Lord and the start of a new Church Year begins another cycle of time we are to use for “getting ready” for His return. That’s the hinge upon which Dr. Robbins hangs his message…. We get ready to celebrate the first coming of Jesus and anticipate his Second Coming by living in the Present.
(Denver snowfall photo courtesy of our special L.D. friend, N.J. Plunkett Jr.)