It’s the end of the year. Don’t you know?

The end of the church year, that is.

What’s the church year? Oh – I’m so glad you asked. Take a look at this chart:

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This Sunday we’re going to have one stand-alone sermon between two sermon series as we wrap up the church calendar prior to starting an Advent series on December 3rd.

The end of the church year always puts us at the end of the narrative of Jesus. Jesus (and many other places in the Bible) speak clearly about what will happen in the end when Christ comes again. He will separate the sheep from the goats. (Matthew 25:31-46) Believers from unbelievers.

sheep

goats

This is really hard to talk about…I think…

No one likes to talk about judgment. We’d much rather talk about love, forgiveness, joy, etc. However, the reality is, that we don’t know the true beauty of those things without the opposite.

We don’t know what true hope is, unless we’ve been truly lost.

We don’t know what true joy is, unless we’ve experienced the depths of sadness.

We don’t know what true healing is, unless we’ve been sick.

We don’t know forgiveness without sin, etc., etc., etc.

Therefore, if there is no judgment, then there’s really nothin for us to be saved from. If that’s the case, then we don’t need Jesus. But, the fact remains, we do need Jesus. All people need Jesus. All GOATS need Jesus. So, if you’re a sheep, go befriend a goat. Jesus can, and wants to save goats as well.

Go and baaaaaa-ther them with the good news of great joy that has come for ALL people! Jesus!