Date: 31 July 2022
Sermon Text: Luke 12:1–13:9
Speaker: Ps Daniel Tan
Blessed Sunday to all.
Ps Luwin has condensed for us into 1 sentence Luke’s Gospel, which is that - God is fulfilling his plan to establish his upside-down, outside-in kingdom in the world through the Spirit-filled ministry of Jesus Christ.
And next year as we look at Acts, we will see how through the church, God, by the power of the Spirit of Jesus will sent forth witnesses beyond Jerusalem, to preach of His Kingdom in Judea to Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
About the church, Paul says in Ephesians 5 that she is the bride of Christ. So loved by Christ that he gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendour without spot or wrinkle, that she might be holy and without blemish.
I’ve highlighted this wedding imagery for us today as I hope it will be the carrot, the positive encouragement for us to live authentically in the light of Christ 2nd coming.
In today’s passage, there are many inferences to Christ 2nd coming. For example:
12:5 – fear him who after he has killed has authority to cast into hell.
12:40 – be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect
12:46 – the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know.
At Christ’s 2nd Coming, yes there would be an accountability, there would be a reckoning. But there will also be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb which is found in Rev 19.
Rev 19:6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. <