Monday, May 19, 2008

On an Ordinary Day

On an ordinary day,
    When sin is lewd and loud,
    And evil men walk proud,
Jesus then will have his say--
    Appearing in the clouds,
    Destroying that whole crowd.

On an ordinary day,
    When normal sinners wed
    An feast and drink and bed--
Jesus then will have his way
    And judge just as he said
    And see and strike them dead.

On an ordinary day,
    When godless buy and sell
    And plan--say all is well--
Jesus then will come to lay
    On them what they won't tell,
    And banish them to hell.

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
--Luke 17:26-30, ESV

Note: Yesterday afternoon I preached on this passage. I made the following points concerning the Lord's judgment.

1. It's certain.
2. It's on what people think of as an ordinary day.
3. It totally interrupts people's plans.
4. It's not until after the Lord has removed his people to safety. (compare 2 Peter 2:9)
5. It's divine.
6. It's thorough.
7. It's a day of revelation...of Jesus.

Application questions:
1. Do you ever think of the Lord's judgment? If not, what does that say about your spiritual condition?
2. Do you believe Jesus will return?
3. Do you believe he will return at a time when most people aren't expecting?
4. If he comes today, will you be judged, or will you be rescued?
5. When he comes, will you be ready to leave all the life you've known, forever?

Prayer: Father, may we be your people, through Jesus. Make us eager for life with you and with your Son.

1 comment:

CHARLAX said...

Jesus EverdaY
Jesus EverdaY

Fruit not even ripened yet still green
so it will last
Meat, already cooked
so eye is not embarrass
Health, the center of my body, so uncertain,
and yet it works
Love in heart so pure forgiven;
life cascading from HIS throne
Eye paused and still considered life
Eye have my everYdaY JESUS.

A Prose Poem bye CharlaX.