Just Around the Corner
This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, November 27, 2016. The scripture Luke 21:25-36. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.
This is from The Message:
25“It will seem like all hell has broken loose—sun, moon, stars, earth, sea, in an uproar and 26everyone all over the world in a panic, the wind knocked out of them by the threat of doom, the powers that-be quaking. 27“And then—then!—they’ll see the Son of Man welcomed in grand style—a glorious welcome! 28When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!” 29He told them a story. “Look at a fig tree. Any tree for that matter. 30When the leaves begin to show, one look tells you that summer is right around the corner. 31The same here—when you see these things happen, you know God’s kingdom is about here. 32Don’t brush this off: I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too—these things will happen. 33Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out. 34“But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, 35spring on you suddenly like a trap, for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. 36Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.”
The New Revised Standard Version and The Message can be found here.