Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Isaiah 2:1-5 & Matthew 24:36-44.
This is the first Sunday of Advent and we are turning our attention to the Lord’s return. What will it be like when Jesus returns? Will it be the end of the world? Does life on this earth continue? Who is it that gets left behind? Jesus says, “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” Jesus’ comparison alerts us to the necessity of being prepared for his return. What every believer needs to know is that Isaiah 2 and Matthew 24 follow a biblical pattern of an offer of grace in the midst of judgment. The gospel, as it is proclaimed, always announces Jesus as both the offer of grace and the coming judge. Christ’s coming to the world and dying the first time, reminds all those whom he has redeemed that they are saved from the flood of the wrath that is to come at his second advent. Therefore, we don’t want to be unaware as they were in the days of Noah.