Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Waiting.........12/02/2012
Dearly beloved,

May the grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with us now and always, Amen.

Our text today is from Luke 21:25-36.

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.


29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.


34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.



Today is the first Sunday in Advent, a word that means arrival or coming. It is "Happy New Year" for the new church year as last Sunday was the last Sunday of the "old church year." The last few Sundays of the church year focused on end time happenings and typically with the beginning of the new church year, the focus is on the first coming of Jesus Christ. Sometimes the question is asked: Why this emphasis on the church year? Why is it important to follow it?

The simplest answer would be that it enables one to remain connected to the life of Jesus so that one will be kept insulated to some degree from the life that we live in this world. We continually need to be reminded that it is what He has done for us as our tendency is to think of our accomplishments independent of that which He has done for us and is doing in us. Jesus says in the 17th chapter of John that "we are in the world but not of the world." We cannot live lives separate from the influences, effects and consequences of the things that happen in the world, but we can keep ourselves informed, inoculated and to a certain degree, be kept immune from the world's influences. The Apostle Paul said it this way in his letter to the Galatians:

ESV Galatians 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
ESV Galatians 6:15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

He pointed out he has no desire to have sinful fellowship with those who reject Christ and the people who reject Christ have no desire to have Christian fellowship with him.

The season of Advent is a time of expectation, of joy and of excitement. As we look at our text today, we might wonder why it does not at first glance speak to the first coming of Jesus, but it seems to point to His second coming. As we read the part of our text, we are left feeling uncertain, shaken, and perhaps a little afraid.....but why should we be uncertain????

21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth near.

The first coming of Jesus brings unto us the message of the Gospel, which is described as the suffering, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ in 1 Cor 15:1-4.

Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

KJV John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

KJV John 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.


Having received this message through repentance and faith, we are delivered from the guilt and the power of sin, for we have been reconciled/reconnected to God through the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ. If we do not have this assurance, the thought of Jesus coming again will bring fear and trepidation into our heart and mind. But knowing that Christ has redeemed us and having received this gift by faith, we with joy and excitement await His return as we live our lives looking up to heaven from which our Saviour will one day come to receive us to Himself. We are like a child awaiting the day when they will be able to open their Christmas gift, that sits under the tree and which has their name on it. We are waiting, waiting, waiting.......


29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation (age) shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.


34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.


Whether we apply this text to the destruction of Jerusalem AD, to the time of Christ's being lifted up on the cross, to His resurrection, to the time of the coming of the Holy Spirit, or to the time of His final return, does not really make that much difference. What makes all the difference in the world is that we have recognized and believe that He came to save us the first time and that when He comes again, He will not come to save us, but to take us to glory with Him.

In this text we are shown the instability of the dying world, for there is no stability in those things that can be shaken and that will one day pass away. The only substance that will remain are His words and all the truth that is contained in them, namely salvation through Jesus Christ. For all His promises have had and will have fulfillment. We are told in this text to not be overcome with the events and things of this world and to not be overcome with anxiety at the things that are going to happen in this world and, sadly, to those who have not or will not recognize the Christ of the eternities. The picture we get in this text is that the attractions of this world are like a trap that is set and which like many traps is disguised as to what its intent is to do to the unaware.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Rev 12: 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Having experienced the forgiveness of sins through Christ's atonement, we will stand before our God in the covering of Christ's righteousness, we have testified of that reality here, and through His indwelling Spirit we have not loved our lives, but have disowned ourselves and belong to Christ alone. Because we are His, our desire is to follow Him......so then watching and praying is a natural outflow of our union with Him. It is not a must, a have to, but I want to and I will.......

We are told to watch and pray: Beware, keep our eyes open, do not believe everything we read or hear. How does it line up with the Scripture? Do we hear the voice of Jesus, our Good Shepherd?

Pray always? One method is to pray the Scriptures when we read them. Carry on an intimate conversation with our Father as we fellowship in the Spirit with Him and His Son in His Word.

As we read and pray over our text as well as over these following words from our Father, let us think about what He is sharing with us concerning that which is true and is reality. Lord, give us this grace to do so.....

KJV 2 Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.


KJV Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Jude:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

Waiting with you...

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 02 Dec 2012 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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