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The church calendar has no specific day marking Christ’s return to judge the nations, bring history as we know it to a close, and usher in the kingdom of God in its fullness. Rather, every Lord’s Day or Sunday is intended to help us make preparations. That’s wise, since Christ himself said no one knows the day and the hour: “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matthew 24:36; ESV). With this point in mind, we must always remain ready for Christ’s return, as the Lord exhorts his listeners: “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44; ESV).
Having reflected last Sunday upon the significance of the church calendar for ordering our lives in relation to the past and present people of God, we now address how the future return of Christ should mark each Christian’s life every day of the church year. Hebrews 10:24-25, which was referenced in the previous entry, exhorts the saints to come together regularly to encourage one another increasingly in their lives of faith as the day of the Lord’s second coming approaches: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25; ESV).
Sense - Acts - God - History - Past
It makes sense to keep before us constantly in the present the mighty acts of God in history past as well as the eschatological future. After all, Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. His incarnation and resurrection mark the entry point into the eschatological future, which...
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