(Matthew 24:36-39, 44 ESV) 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. … 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
I’ve been around the church all of my life. As such, I have heard preachers declaring for at least 57 years that “Jesus is coming soon!” Not too long ago I heard a well known preacher declare his belief that he would see the coming of the Lord in his lifetime. Will he? I cannot say. I’m reminded of the old-time preacher who boldly said, “The signs are everywhere. Therefore, I’m no longer looking for the signs of His coming. I’m just listening for the trumpet sound.”
We live in a time of great uncertainty. It seems we are seeing unprecedented activities that would suggest the imminent return of Christ. Honestly? It feels that way to me. But, the reality is we simply do not know. In fact, the scripture we read today clearly indicates that only one knows when that day will come. It’s not me or the angels. Apparently, not even the Son of God knows when He will return. So, who knows? Scripture says, “The Father only.” Since the Father sees the end from the beginning, He is fully aware of the timing!
A puzzling thought caught my attention as I read this scripture. The last verse instructs us to, “be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” I’ve spent my whole life expecting Jesus to come back soon! And yet, we are told that He will come when we are not expecting it! Is Jesus playing with our mind? Absolutely not!
When we read this passage in context we discover that the greater message is that in light of the return of Jesus, we should be busy doing His bidding. The implication is that we are not to be found “standing around” waiting for Jesus to return. Instead, we should be faithfully serving Him while we await His return. Our focus should not be on our escape from this world, but on “saving” as many who will believe unto salvation.
In closing, let me join the chorus of the many preachers before me. Jesus is coming soon! I believe it! I cannot say when, but the Bible makes it clear… It will happen. And, I intend to be ready when He comes! How about you?
PRAYER: Father, thank you for making me ready to spend eternity with you. Although I may not know when Jesus shall return, I’m determined to stay ready at all times! Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.