Connecting the Good News to Jesus' Return

Connecting the Good News
to Jesus' Return
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
Sept 3rd, 2017
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Connecting the Gospel: Jesus' Return

Today we are talking about the 2nd coming of Jesus. And normally what we answer 3 questions… Why is this story important? Where are we in this story? and How does this point to the good news?

And today, we are going to answer those same three questions, but in reverse order… We are going to start with how Jesus’ return points to the good news of Jesus Christ.

How is Jesus’ Return part of the Good News?
Revelation 22:1-5
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Jesus’ return is good news because it means the end to our story is here… our happily ever after is here.  Scripture tells us that we will live in a city, where there is a tree of life, on both sides of the river… There will no longer be a curse of sin… We will see the Face of Jesus… And this will go on forever and ever.  What better news can there be? This will be home for us…  Every day, we get to see His face and live without the curse of sin…

Where are we in Jesus’ Return?
Revelation 21:1-4
21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[c] for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

We are are His people and did you read what it said about us…

God’s dwelling place will be among us…
We will be His people…
He will wipe every tear from our eyes…
There will be no more death’ or mourning, crying or pain…

We are His people and He is our God.

Why is this important?
Revelation 21:6-8
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

We will be His children, which means we inherit all of His kingdom.  In the United States, there are roughly 100,000 children waiting to be adopted.  These kids don’t have a family…No mom…no dad…no aunts and uncles, no grandma and grandpa… just foster parents, who, once they turn 18, are no longer their foster parents.

Each year over 23,000 of these children will age out of the system.  Many of them will be taken to homeless shelters and dropped off because state funding runs out for these kids and there is no money to take care of them.

These children are then left all on their own… left to survive… with no one to love them.  No one to help them…No one to turn to when they are hurting.  Most of them will turn to drugs and be homeless for the rest of their lives, which will likely be cut short.  These kids come from traumatic backgrounds and have emotional wounds that will never heal.

Now, in contrast to these children, every year over 50,000 children are adopted in the united states.  They become someone’s child.  And what this means is that they…  they inherit a kingdom.

They get to live in a home with love, where parents will help heal their emotional wounds so they can live the life they were supposed to live.  They get parents who love them, they get a home where they don’t have to worry if they will have to leave, their parents will wipe away their tears.  They will live in security and love with a forever family.

Folks, you and I have been adopted.  We get to live in a home with love forever.  We get to live in the security and power of God, forever.  We get to live in a kingdom, where our tears will be wiped away, there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain…  Because we will no longer be living under the curse of sin.

In contrast…those who have not accepted Jesus will find themselves like the children who age out of the foster system.  They will be left all on their own in Hell with no one to love them, no one to help them, no one to wipe their tears.  They will constantly be in want…but never be satisfied.

This is why it is so important…and this is why it is good news for those who believe in Jesus, because He is coming back…to take us home.

Are you an adopted child of God?






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