SanLo Community, an update for the week of June 3, 2018…
Thank you Chris Wu for the message from Acts 2:29-41, “It’s the Last Days – What Shall We Do?” What do you think of when you hear "end times" or "last days"? Maybe you imagine the new heavens and new earth, and it makes you feel hopeful and it's fun to imagine how great that will be. Maybe you think of an epic, climactic battle between good and evil, and it's like living out your favorite blockbuster movie. Or maybe you don't think of anything in particular - you hear a word like eschatology and it just makes you feel confused and a little uneasy, so you'd rather move on and think about other things. God's purpose is not to confuse us, not to make us worry, not to raise fear and doubt. Over the next 13 weeks in our series, Tribulation & Triumph, study of the End Times, the focus it to proclaim: Jesus the Messiah is Lord; put your trust in Him and be saved. What do we need to know about the end times? God has a perfect plan, the king is key, and the meantime matters. If you keep these three things in mind, you'll have a true and reliable filter to receive any teaching in the Bible on the end times.
1. God has a perfect plan.
a. "For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: ‘And in the last days it shall be, God
declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my
male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall
prophesy'" (vv. 15-18).
b. “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested to you by God with mighty
works and wonders and signs that God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this
Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and
killed by the hands of lawless men.God raised Him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was
not possible for Him to be held by it" (vv. 22-24).
c. Everything that has happened might seem confusing - but Peter says it all fits with what God
had planned and foretold long ago.
i. God poured out His spirit on all flesh - men, women, young, old - and they prophesied to all (Diaspora).
ii. The death & resurrection of Jesus was in line with the specific plan of God.
iii. This should all be reassuring - like watching a movie when you already know the end.
2. At the center of it all, it is concerning the King. The King is key. a. "Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses" (vv. 30-32). b. "Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (v. 36). c. This is the one you have been waiting for. Jesus is the promised Messiah who will sit on the throne of David forever. The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is proof He is the one that David spoke of. d. So we aren't just dealing with miracles and signs, as great as that is - we are dealing with the fact that the King, who sits at the right hand of God, has come. The King to end all kings. The King who actually has the authority to pour out the Holy Spirit.
3. Because it's the Last Days, the meantime matters.
a. "Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the
apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?' And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift
of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself'” (vv. 37-39).
i. In other words, turn to Him! Why? The promise of salvation is for you.
ii. This is being said even to the very ones who put Jesus on the cross!
b. Part of the good news that it is the last days is that salvation is here! God is gathering all
people to Himself.
c. The last days might be confusing, even frightening to you. But it need not be. Not because we
can sift through all the details and understand every aspect of what has been prophesied, or
accurately and completely interpret every sign or event that occurs, but because we have the
promise of salvation in front of us - the forgiveness of sins, the
gift of the Holy Spirit, by turning to Jesus, we already know our end.