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April 16, 2012, 7:08 PM

Back to the Future



What a wonderful service on Sunday with our guest speaker.  Thanks to Mark Brungard, Jr. for taking some time out of his busy schedule to be with us and preach the Word.  Preaching is hard.  preaching before total strangers is even more difficult.  But, he is now pulling in his anchor and heading out to sea.  Our best to him as he considers where God will use his talents and faithfulness!

As for us, we will be beginning a new sermon series this upcoming Sunday.  The book is Revelation.  The sermon series title is "Back to the Future."  Strange title you may think.  But, when you think about it, that's exactly what the last book in the New Testament is doing for us.  Please let me explain.

For those of you who have not seen the movie, let me fill you in, and in the process, opening up how this jibes with the book of Revelation.  In the movie, the main character, Marty McFly hops into a time traveling Delorean with his friend, Dr. Emmit Brown.  They go back to the year 1955 -- exactly thirty years from their own time.  Long story short, the Delorean breaks down, and Marty is stuck in the 1950's.  He spends the rest of the movie trying to make sure he doesn't get erased from history by ensuring that his mom and dad do meet and kiss at the Enchantment Under the Sea prom.  But the goal is to get back to the future.  Back to good old 1985, with everything intact.  Well, he does, and everything works out.  (See the movie!  It is far better than my nickel quickie explanation!

Now.  Think about the Bible.  We began in a Garden of Paradise.  Walking and fellowshiping with God, face to face.  No sin.  No evil.  No death.  That did not last.  The Fall happened.  Sin and death came in and began to reign.  Ever since that time, God has promised that one day, all would be repaired.  Fixed.  Back to Eden-like purity.  The Garden of Eden...of Paradise is back there in Genesis -- but, God tells us, it is also our future.  Sooooo, we need to get back to the future.  We are stranded in 2012, waiting for our Delorean (Jesus) to take us back to our future, where we belong.

Revelation is a unique book in that it tells us about where we have been -- but also, where we are going.  History is on a non-stop trajectory towards the new heavens and new earth.  The catalyst for this trajectory is of course the promise of God -- but Revelation makes it clear that it is also because of the history-changing appearance of the Son of God within history.  Revelation affords us a behind the scenes look at what's going on in history:  The spiritual warfare; the scenes from the Throne Room of Heaven; the big picture of God's plans.  It is all here!

We really do need -- and we really do desire to get back to our future.  That is why we often-times use the phrase "Maranatha" (Lord come quickly!) to describe our inmost longings.

Tomorrow, I will be posting a listing of our sermons, along with the texts.  For now, I would encourage you to check out the Easter sermon over at the Sermon page.  The video of that sermon has replaced the audio only recording.  We had it up yesterday, but, had some technical difficulites.  All of that has now been fixed!


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