THE END OF ALL FLESH!!!
Sounds like a the total of either a really good, or really really bad horror movie. The line just jumped out at me today as I was reading and preparing for this week's sermon. I remember when I was growing up ___ years ago and there seemed to be prophets at every turn telling us that the end of times were near. Doomsday was coming. Judgement was coming. The cold war was surely going to end with a nuclear holocaust. Personally, I always enjoyed the Planet of the Apes movies, but I digress.
Christians, and people who called themselves Christian, were constantly looking for signs of the imminent return of Jesus, and doing their best to cross reference current events with the books of Daniel and Revelation, and predict how it will all end. BUT, here is the truth, decades, even centuries have passed and we are still here. We have no way to know when the end will come, nor in what form. We do not know when Christ will return, we only know that he will.
We also know that when the time comes, those of us who know Jesus really have nothing to worry about anyway.
This week we are going to look closer at the story of Noah. We are going to look at that time when God said, "I have had enough, time to start over." We are going to see deliverance through one man and his family. We are going to be reminded that someday God is going to say, "Enough" And we are going to be reminded that we have already been delivered, by the sacrifice of one, we are going to have a life in a place where there is no more crying or pain.
With all the pain I deal with sometimes in dragging this body around, and armed with the knowledge that Jesus is coming again to take those he knows home with him, THE END OF ALL FLESH is not something to be feared, but something to be anticpated.