Matthew 24: 36-44
36"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
The message that was delivered on the first Sunday of Advent, 2007, STINKS! That is, it reeks of sulphur from the nethermost regions of you-know-where. Or it would, if it were anything other than an imaginative exercise in the spirit of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. As the theme of this First Sunday of Advent is "Be Ready!" I thought I would try to look at our calling to be ready from another angle. And I hope it didn’t freak anyone out to hear the perspective of "the other side" from our pulpit. I would appreciate your take on this attempt at a fresh look, from the other side, of what it means to be ready for Christ’s return, at Download Advent1-07.doc .