Matthew 3:1-12

The End is Near?

It’s a classic New Yorker cartoon.  The minister is standing outside a lovely stone church, dressed in his finest vestments, and with a large smile on his face.  He’s greeting his parishioners after the Sunday service as they spill out into the sunshine.  But the parishioners look anything but serene.  Their hair is standing on edge burned down to the nub.  Their clothes are singed and tattered.  Some have dark circles around their eyes.  And all of them look absolutely shell-shocked.  And the caption simply reads: “Excellent sermon.”