12-02-2018 Sermon - It's The End of the World

In 1987 the rock band R.E.M. released a hit song entitled "It's The End of the World" to which the oft repeated refrain was "It's the end of the world as we know it." There has long been a fascination with the end of the world as we know it. And the Bible speaks of the same, as when Jesus says, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." Such sayings, visions, and writings dealing with the end of the world are known as apocalyptic. And whereas Jesus spoke of cataclysmic events that would have the world in perplexity and then in terror, he comforts his disciples in how they need not be caught unaware. In fact, these very events would be occasions to raise up one's head in great hope. Find out why...