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“Your Redemption is Drawing Near”

In the Nicene Creed, Christians everywhere confess that the Jesus Christ “will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead.” This confession we confess because it is true according to the Holy Scriptures, as heard in today’s Gospel reading. The Lord Jesus will one day return, not in humility as before, being born of the virgin. When He comes again, He will come in glory. Every eye will see Him, the Bible says (Revelation 1:7).

This is good news indeed for all who long to be without sin, for all who desire God’s mercy in Jesus. But for all others, the day of Christ’s return will not be a welcome day. It will be a day of fear and dread. It will be a day of fear and dread because for those who in Christ do not believe, who ignore His calling now to repent and believe the Gospel, they will be called to account. For them, Christ’s return is not for their salvation. It is for their judgment. But for the Christian, for the one who calls upon the Name of the Lord, who seeks God’s favor through the obedience of His Son, Christ comes to bring them to Himself, to take home all who belong to Him…

Lk21.5-36, Pentecost 25, 2010C

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A Sermon for All Saints’ Day

Mention The Apocalypse of St. John, also known as The Revelation of St. John, or simply, Revelation, and some eyes might perk up, as well as ears become more attentive. This work of the apostle produces fear in some, curiosity in others, and general confusion among many. It is a book that has sparked manifold end-time movies and books. Because of incorrect understandings of the text, many false teachings about Revelation abound, not least of which are the views called Millennialism, whether pre-millennialism or post-millennialism

The Revelation of St. John, needless to say, is a greatly misunderstood book. Many are simply scared by it, namely, because they don’t understand it.

Revelation is a highly figurative book, with a great use of symbolic language, which has led some to fanciful and sensational interpretations, many of which are simply contrary to the rest of Holy Scripture.

On the whole, in sum, readers generally react in one of two ways: either in fear or with comfort. In fear, because of the judgments of God, the plagues, wars, and death. With comfort, because of the hopeful words found throughout.

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