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  • 1. August 25, 2013 God Completes the Story By John R. Wible Prime Time Sunday School Class 1John R. Wible, 2013
  • 2. STEP 1 Introduction Q: What was a time when you read a book, watched a movie, or a recorded sporting event a second time? Q: How did it feel to know the “end of the story” before you began watching or reading? Q: What’s the best movie ending of all time? 2John R. Wible, 2013
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  • 4. God’s Story – The Consummation This 13–week study of God’s Story has been much more than just a patchwork quilt of Bible stories; it has been many stories that all fit together to tell one story of God’s redemption. Today, Christ’s return. 4John R. Wible, 2013 Quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama
  • 5. The Plan Q: Imagine that you are traveling on a trip to a faraway place: When you travel, do you like to have a plan, or just figure it out as you go along? Q: When you are traveling to a new location, how does it help to talk to someone who has already visited there or lives there? 5John R. Wible, 2013
  • 6. John 14:1-3 1 “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. 6John R. Wible, 2013
  • 7. A Troubled Heart - Handout Q: What does it feel like when your heart is troubled? Q: As humans, do we have the cure for troubled hearts? Explain. Notice in the passage, the word “believe” is used twice in verse 1. 7John R. Wible, 2013
  • 8. Believe in Me Also Alternative translations: 1. You believe in God (statement) and you believe in Me (statement). 2. You believe in God (statement), believe also in Me (command). 3. Believe in God (command); believe also in Me (command). 4. Believe in God (command) even as you believe in Me (statement). 8John R. Wible, 2013
  • 9. “My Father’s House” • The place to come, Heaven. • The site of the statement: the Jerusalem Temple. • Will we really have mansions? • Verse 3, “so that where I am there you may be also.” The disciples worried about Jesus’ leaving. • Jesus assured them of His presence with them forever. John R. Wible, 2013 9
  • 10. In the end, that’s all that matters. Whatever Heaven is like, all that matters is that Jesus will be there. That is what makes it Heaven! John R. Wible, 2013 10
  • 11. How Does Jesus’ Statement Bring Comfort to Us? Q: Suppose doctors told you that you are facing a terminal? (Hint: we are all facing a terminal illness.) Q: Suppose your friend is facing a terminal illness? Q: Your friend always worries about the future? Q: When friends complain to you about bad news and uncertainty of our economy, our government, our leaders, and ETC.? John R. Wible, 2013 11
  • 12. Your Favorite Vacation Place • What’s one of your favorite vacation trips? • When have you looked forward to visiting a special place for vacation? • Was the destination all you expected it to be? • Or have you ever traveled someplace, but were disappointed when you? John R. Wible, 2013 12
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  • 14. Revelation 21:1-4 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea no longer existed. 2 I also saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: “Look! God’s dwelling is with humanity, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.” John R. Wible, 2013 14
  • 15. Revelation 22:1-5 1 Then he showed me the river of living water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the broad street of the city. The tree of life was on both sides of the river, bearing 12 kinds of fruit, producing its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for healing the nations, 3 and there will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His slaves will serve Him. 4 They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 Night will no longer exist, and people will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. John R. Wible, 2013 15
  • 16. Apocalyptic Metaphors • New heaven and a new earth • City prepared like a bride • God’s dwelling is with humanity! • Wipe away every tear • River of living water • Tree of life on both sides of the river • Fruit every month • Seventh ending, the curse • Will see His face: His name … on their foreheads • Endless day forever and ever John R. Wible, 2013 16
  • 17. How can we Reflect Heaven? John R. Wible, 2013 17
  • 18. The Promise – I Come “Quickly” Rev. 22:12-14 “Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. John R. Wible, 2013 18
  • 19. “Getting’ Up a Load Now” Prepare Q: For the trip to heaven, how do we get ready? How do we live ready day by day? Q: What could you say to younger ones to help them believe that choices have eternal consequences? Q: How can your words, attitudes, and actions reflect the urgency of being ready for Christ’s return? Q: What steps can we take in the days ahead to prepare our hearts to be joyfully ready for Christ’s return? John R. Wible, 2013 19
  • 20. The End of Days • We can allow the pain and struggles of life to overwhelm us, or we can live in joyful anticipation of His coming. • You can hang your head and sing a sad song or ….. John R. Wible, 2013 20
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  • 22. The End? John R. Wible, 2013 22