The Final hour
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
The Final Hour
Three buddies die in a car crash, they go to heaven to an orientation. They are all asked, “When you are in your casket and friends and family are mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?”
The first guy says, “I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor of my time and a great family man.”
The second guy says, “I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and schoolteacher which made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow.”
The last guy replies, “I would like to hear them say, ’Look, he’s moving!”
Most people are like that last guy.
In 1 John 2:18 “John writes, little children, this is the last hour”
When you think of your last hour, what kind of feelings come to mind? Does it frighten you? Does it cheer you up? Does it make you depressed or does it fill you with joy?
I heard of a preacher who said to his congregation, “Everyone who wants to go to heaven, stand up!” Everyone in the building stood up except for one man. The pastor asked, “Brother, don’t you want to go to heaven?”
The man replied, “Of course I want to go to heaven someday. I just thought you were putting together a trip for today.”
Someone wrote and old country song titled,
“Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die.”
When we live in expectation of Glory, we should all be eager for the opportunity to go whenever God calls us. However, until that day God wants us to be “making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16.
Of course, when John spoke of the final hour, he was not speaking of a literal hour. He was speaking of a season, one in which we belong even today. He wrote about the antichrists who were coming and had already come. The church of his time, just like the one of our day was struggling with faith, hope and love. They were under attack from false teachers and false teachers. We have the same problem today.
The truth is that you and I should live every day as if it could be our last, because it could. Serve Jesus with all you’ve got. That’s what John did, and God used it.
This Sunday we will continue our series from John’s first letter to the churches that we have titled, The Jesus Difference with the 5th edition, Who is the Antichrist? based on 1 John 2:18-29. I hope you will come and share in this important message on remaining faithful no matter what.
Living in anticipation of that hour,