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Reverend Steven A. Knotts

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January 06, 2014

The following article was taken in part from my Christmas 2013 teaching…

While most Christmas messages we hear always seem to focus on the people who heard the “tidings of great joy”, the focus of this message is on those who did not – those folks who were (or rather, are) “sleeping”. 

As I said last week…we don’t want to be sleeping like so many were in that day – like the vast multitudes of those who are currently asleep – not to mention those who were awake, but have fallen back to sleep!  They slept through the greatest event ever known to man up to that point!

Even though they were “expecting” Him, no one – except those who studied (AND BELIEVED) the Scriptures and the prophets.  God had sent His prophets time and time again to enlighten and otherwise warn “His” people countless times – to these He often added judgments – also prophesied.  We don’t want to be asleep or even dozing when He comes back in His glory.  He should find us alert and working!

Over the years, we have grown accustomed to “alarms” – ever since some imaginative inventor added the “snooze” button to electric alarm clocks, people have gotten used to the alarm going off…reaching over and hitting the “snooze”, not just once, but multiple times…just five more minutes…

It’s the same with our smoke alarms.  Any more, our first though, especially if we don’t smell smoke or see flames is…hmmmm…batteries must be going dead, or perhaps …the toast was a little over-done.

Likewise, with the advent of burglar alarms – so many false alarms – most set-off by accident…we’ll just hit the “reset” and go on with our lives.

And of course, we can’t forget “car-alarms” – I remember when car-alarms were first introduced.  When you’d hear the incessant blare of a horn, you’d look around expecting to see a skulking or fleeing figure with a tape-player or radio under their arm.  Now, this event has become so common-place that we rarely, if ever, even bother to look out our window, even in the dark of night.

And let’s not forget the “check engine” warning lights on cars…ah, the car’s still running, so let’s just put a piece of tape over it and if there’s an audible chime associated, we’ll just disconnect it or turn up the radio.

We have become so accustomed to “alarms” we forgot why we have them – we “think” we know better – we know the reason for the sounding alarm.  It’s probably just a “false alarm” and we continue doing whatever we were doing.

God has been sending “wake-up calls” for a long time now, and the world is ignoring them.  However, when Jesus returns in His glory, it’s going to be more than a little difficult to ignore His coming! 

Kind of like the incessant, “beeeep, beeeep, beeeep” back-up alarms on buses, trucks, construction equipment, etc.  We’ve grown so used to hearing this…we tend to ignore it – until the cement mixer or garbage truck flattens us!  Revelation 1:7 says, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.  And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.  Even so, Amen.”

At the time of Jesus’ birth, it’s estimated that the “little town of Bethlehem” had a population of approximately 300-1000.  Like I said last week, the vast majority of these people “slept” through the incident; the missed the greatest event known to man up to that point.

Today, the population of the earth is roughly 7 billion, 131 million.  While a great number of people “know” about Jesus Christ – there are relatively few unreached places left – with more and more coming to Him every minute, there are sadly, a great number of people who are “falling back asleep”.

In fact, the apostle Paul says it best in his second epistle to Timothy – 2 Timothy 4:2-4 which says, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

The so-called “modern” thinking “Christian” far too often will actively seek-out doctrine which is pleasing to themselves while ignoring the truth – the truth is often too uncomfortable.

They are turning their heads, burying their heads in the sand; they are fleeing the truth and embracing false doctrines.

I pray that these doctrines and the false gods they create for themselves will bring them comfort, but I choose to follow that set forth in Joshua 24:15, "And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amonites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Blessings,

Pastor Steve


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