Speaker: Jonathan Albright - Crisis crushes, and in its crushing, two otherwise neglected operating principles suddenly kick in: urgency and simplicity. When people discover that they don't have long to live, for example, their relationships with loved ones take center stage and their schedules become simplified. They don't pull out a croquet game or start landscaping the backyard. Instead, they grab the essentials and head for cover immediately! Being short on time clarifies what is essential and of utmost importance. Scripture treats the end of time in the same way. Over and over again it reminds us that the time is short or that the end is near, and in this passage this morning we are brought face to face with essential actions we must take in response to the reality of the return of our Savior.