You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can create conversation and encouragement!

The Monday After: Sunday, December 2, 2012: Christmas Wrappings: Wrapped in Prophecy

By Marcus Wolfe

“We can have hope today about tomorrow because of God’s promises yesterday.” -Pastor Josh Petersen

Isn’t it amazing how God orchestrates events and circumstances in our lives for maximum impact all while conforming us to the people He wants us to be?  Though I have been the rich recipient of God’s blessing and provision lately and have seen Him come through for us, there has been a lack of true driving hope in my life.

I have the assurance of salvation, which leads to eternal life in Heaven, but this notion of Heaven and eternal life hasn’t been driving me; it wasn’t filling my mind and heart constantly,

Actually, it really wasn’t even on my radar.

Then at the last men’s discipleship group of the year, Pastor Joe spoke about the new Heaven and the new Earth.  It got me to thinking that I really needed to understand this place called Heaven better; it is, after all, the ultimate location and destination of our hope.  At that men’s group, Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven was a suggested read, so the next day I ordered the book, the devotional book and the study guide to the book.

I knew my understanding of Heaven was woefully inadequate and I wanted more, I wanted to understand Heaven better so it could impact my daily life now with HOPE for the future.  Those books came this week and I started reading about Heaven, which is OUR hope as believers.

Noted nineteenth century theologian J.C. Ryle is quoted in the opening lines to Randy Alcorn’s book:

“‘Now surely, if we hope to dwell for ever in that ‘better country, even a heavenly one,’ we ought to seek all the knowledge we can get about it.  Before we go to our eternal home we should try to become acquainted with it.'”(5)  Alcorn writes a few pages later:  “What God made us to desire, and therefore what we do desire if we admit it, is exactly what he promises to those who follow Jesus Christ, a resurrected life in a resurrected body, with a resurrected Christ on a resurrected Earth.”(7)

Just as the predictions of Jesus’ nativity were hope to the people of His day, and ours too even now, so should his second coming and our future in Heaven be our hope for us today.  And  because both are prophecies of Scripture, these things that WILL happen.  They allow us to “have hope today about tomorrow because of God’s promises yesterday!”

As Isaiah 9:7 says:

“His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!”

Now isn’t that a government you would like to see!  I sure would.  And then also promised:

Revelation 21:1-27, and Revelation 22:1-5 detail what to expect in this new Heaven and new Earth and new Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:6, points out this IS prophecy so it WILL come true.

Much like Josh’s words to us today, “Then the angel said to me, ‘Everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true.  The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent His angel to tell His servants what will happen soon.” Revelation 22:6

There’s that word WILL again.  

The Old Testament isn’t the only place of prophecy and the Jews weren’t the only ones spoken to about what WILL happen. God’s prophecy is alive and well and meant to encourage us to hope just as much now as it was to them then.

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20

The Return of the King is not just a movie; Jesus IS coming back!

Can anything give us more hope than that?

Marcus is married to Jessica and is currently a substitute teacher at Zion Benton Township High School.  They care for any number of guinea pigs (currently two).  In his spare time, Marcus enjoys reading, computer games and shooting.  His ministry passions include working with senior adults and the sick, and growing with other men, as well as helping Jessica with whatever ministries she is involved with at the time.   

2 thoughts on “The Monday After: Christmas Wrappings: Wrapped in Prophecy {Marcus}

  1. Marcus, thanks for sharing so honestly about what our hope should really grow out of — God’s promise of life forever with Him through saving grace of Jesus. You’re right — even when vacation is nowhere in sight, we should be able to find joy and rest in this awesome promise!

  2. Marcus, its fun to see how God uses what he lets you experience in one part of your life (your involvement with the men’s group) to inform and influence what he’s wanting to show you in another part (Sunday mornings). It’s almost like God wants to use every part of our life to show us more about himself and what he wants for us, huh! The thought of trying to understanding prophesy can be pretty intimidating at first, but I love how your post highlights how our understanding of what WILL happen should inform how we live NOW. Thanks for the post Marcus!

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