- May 26, 2019
Next Sunday: Scripture: Acts 1:1-11; Message: "Barking Up the Wrong Tree" In some sports there is a clock and in some there is a finish line. Baseball has a finish line -- 27 outs. There's no use stalling. Get out there and play. In basketball and football, on the other hand, there's a clock that can be manipulated, stalled, and most of all, watched. How much time is left? If we have a lead, can we run out the clock and end the game? But now Jesus is leaving the apostles and they want the answer to a clock question -- "Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" (1:6) But that's not for them to know. They're in a finish-line sport, not a clocked sport. Some Christians spend a lot of time thinking, or teaching, or preaching about the return of Jesus, and what signs indicate that it is happening soon. But while we are assured that Jesus is returning, Jesus himself warned us not to be fooled into thinking we could figure this out. (See Luke 21:5-19) If you do so, you're barking up the wrong tree.