Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in the flowers of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer; He makes our sorrowing spirit sing. "Beautiful Savior" author unknown
The Church Year comes to a close in November with a season known as End Time. In this season, we talk about just that — the end of times. Scripture makes it clear that when Jesus comes again it will not be bringing salvation like the first time. He will be bringing the angels and fire to destroy the universe. This season allows us the opportunity to focus on the fact that life on earth doesn’t go on and on. It comes to an end, either in death or on Judgment Day. And yet, this need not scare believers. For a believer the end of his life or the end of the world is a wonderful thing! It means the beginning of a new and better existence in a much more glorious world than this one.
Throughout the season of end time, our worship will follow this pattern:
November 4 – God’s Word saves us in the end
For many problems there are multiple solutions. If your car is breaking down you can repair it orget a new one. If you have high-blood pressure, it might be treated with medication orwith diet ora combination. But when it comes to the “problem” that our life on earth will end, either at death or on Judgment Day, there is only one solution. Only the Word of God can connect you to Christ and make you ready face the end. That is why since the beginning of time, Christians have been willing to take brave stands for the sake of God’s Word. May we do the same today, clinging to God’s Word as our only hope of salvation in the end.
November 11 – This world will come to an end
It will end violently, with a fire the likes of which we cannot imagine. At the end of the world, every man, woman and child will stand before their holy Judge. There is probably no teaching which divides unbelievers and believers as this one does. Unbelievers cannot help but respond with either denial or terror. But the attitude of the child of God is formed by the Word. The Word which created faith in this life molds our view of the end of the world. Through eyes of faith, we see and desire the much better world that is to come. With a heart of faith, we stand before our Judge confidently, knowing that we will hear a “Not guilty!” verdict made possible only by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Unbelievers dread the end of the world. Believers long for it and pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”
November 18 – Be thankful there is heaven in the end
Have you ever read a mystery thriller and then, part way through the book, jumped to the last pages and read the ending? Some people are so curious that they can’t wait to find out the ending. It would seem that would take all the drama and suspense out of the book! However, when it comes to life, maybe that’s fine. Living a life without drama and suspense sounds pretty good! So today, we turn forward to the end of our life. We see the glory that awaits us when we die or when the world ends. More than that, on this day of Saints Triumphant, we see that all our Christian loved ones who have died are actually still alive. They have simply triumphed over this world. And we shall see them again soon enough. That’s a reason to thank God.
November 25 – At the end, every knee will bow
They will bow before the King. That includes all those who have believed in Jesus. And it includes all those who mocked him… even those who denied he exists. They will be forced to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is a perfect and gracious King. What makes him so wonderful? Look at how he reigns! Our King doesn’t demand gifts and tribute. He givesgifts, even giving us his own life on the cross. And now, from his heavenly throne, he rules over all things for the good of his subjects.
At 720 Old Trolley Road in Summerville Sunday worship is at 10:30 am with Christ Light for Kids and Bible Class at 9:15 am.
At 134 Foxbank Plantation Drive in Moncks Corner Sunday worship is at 10:30 am with Christ Light for Kids and Bible Class at 9:15 am.