May 17, 2015

Sunday after Ascension 2015

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Passage: 1 Peter 4:7
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In the last fifteen years there has been no shortage of doomsday prophecies. In the year 2000 many expected, if not the world’s destruction, at least the crippling of the world’s computer grid. More recently, there were anxieties about the Mayan calendar, a perennial interest in the writings of Nostradamus, and a whole industry built around Christian speculations about the rapture. People spend a lot of time talking about the end of time.

I suspect that many of us share a healthy skepticism about all of these prognostications and yet, whatever our disagreements with their suggestions of when and how the world will end, one thing Christianity insists that they are right about is that the end is near… The Scriptures make this assertion time after time. St Paul writes, for example: “The hour is come for you to wake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.” St James writes: “The Lord’s coming is near…” St John writes: “This is the last hour.” Jesus himself says, extraordinarily, “It is finished.” And just this morning St Peter tells us that “the end of all things is at hand.” And so the question I would like to consider this morning is simply this: what “end” is at hand?...

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