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Matthew 24:30-31 – At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (NIV)
In recent weeks, the residents of my town, Mission, British Columbia, Canada, were very proud that one of our own, Carly Rae Jepsen, had made it into the top three in the Canadian Idol singing competition on Canadian television. I have known Carly Rae ever since she was ten years old, when she was in the Mission Community Choristers with my son. While the other members of the Choristers sang their parts, Carly Rae scintillated on the stage, smiling, moving, interacting with the audience. I couldn't keep my eyes away from her.
Week by week, one of the contestants was voted off, leaving Carly Rae and two young fellows in the final three. We have satellite television, and the national broadcasts, spanning four time zones, are all available to us, so at 4:00 p.m., we began watching what other people would not see locally until 8:00 p.m. Unfortunately, Carly Rae was voted off. The town of Mission had lost its hope of a Canadian Idol finalist.
After the program was over, I went for a walk on nearby streets. One of the neighbours met me and said, "We'll all have to watch Carly Rae tonight!" I had to think fast not to share the bad news that I already knew.
As I walked further, I listened as children played happily, and people drove by in their cars, oblivious to the fact that Carly Rae had already lost. It was a cloudy, dark day, and I was aware of a foreboding feeling — I knew, but no one else was aware of the impending doom of Carly Rae.
Then I began thinking about another kind of impending doom that these same people were likely oblivious to — the return of Christ — impending doom to those who don't know that Satan has already lost. I began to realize that we who have a glimpse into the future, through the pages of Scripture, must not shy away from sharing this news with our neighbours. We have a real responsibility to tell the good news of Christ's victory as The Finalist! He is no Idol — He is very God!
Prayer: Lord, so often we fear to reveal our loyalty to You, despite that feeling of foreboding that our friend or neighbour might be lost eternally. Give us boldness to share the good news of Christ's victory. In His name we pray. Amen.