Prepared for Jesus’ Return

Date: 18 Sep 2022

Speaker: Ps Daniel Tan

Sermon Text: Luke 17:20–18:8

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Transcript Introduction

Over the last 2 weeks, the world has had to come to terms with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She reigned so long – over 70 years that it seems she will be there forever.

Many have shared that though they understand that everyone dies, it just seems impossible to contemplate the UK without Queen Elizabeth.

She represented all that was good in the nobility. She served her people with unerring duty and devotion.

She made good her pledge that she made at 21 in 1947, when she said, “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Now, surely as death comes to all humans, there is another coming which we need to prepare for.

And that is the coming of the Son of Man, our Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus comes again, will we be found to have been as steadfast as the late Queen Elizabeth? In that whether our lives be it long or short, it would have been devoted to the service of King Jesus and the spiritual family to which we all belong?

Joshua who led the people into the Promised Land, challenged them at the end of his life –

Jos 24:14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 …. choose this day whom you will serve …. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

This challenge is given to us afresh today. Jesus is coming again and as His subjects, we are to be prepared for His return.

And today’s Scripture text tells us, we will be p