Thanks to my laptop computer I find it unnecessary to go out and brave the roadways this morning, having the foresight and forecasting experience to haul it home with me last evening I can now report to you from the comfy confines of my kitchen. It’s called being prepared for what you know is ahead. That’s another of Jesus’ many messages; “Be prepared for what is inevitably coming.” Maybe I would be better understood to say; “Be prepared for WHO is inevitably coming!” That who would be Jesus himself. He has told us numerous times that He would be returning to usher out this present age and world and establish new ones, that He would come as Judge and conquering King. It could happen at any time, so we all need to be prepared now. That preparation also should include communicating this truth to others in our lives, especially those that we love (truth be told Jesus tells us that we’re to love everyone). We’ve all been warned of the consequences of unbelief, eternal condemnation and separation from God’s love…hell! So, why in the world would we not warn our relatives and friends about that same thing? They may not listen, but there isn’t much we can do about that. Being properly prepared allows us to avoid the danger and discomfort of being forever out in the storm, and allows us the comfort of God’s eternal kitchen, and the whole kingdom along with it. It all comes to us as the free gift of God’s grace in Christ Jesus our crucified and risen Lord and King.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009