walk in the word
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 36But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For 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, 39and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. —Matthew 24:35-42
Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion about the world coming to an end. It seems like every few years, someone gets their fifteen minutes of fame predicting the date when God will call the official time out for history. First of all, I can’t wait for that event to happen. That’s not bad news. But if you know Jesus Christ, you know better than to set dates. I mean, these guys who grab headlines are a little strange, but somewhere inside I keep hoping one of them is right. Regarding this latest one, I woke up that day and I was like, “Let’s do this. Lord! I’m ready if You are!” Right?
But Jesus said, “ . . . no one knows . . .” (see Matthew 24:36). I felt it was fairly safe to assume that He wasn’t going to come back on a day when someone was saying He was going to come back. Otherwise, first thing, we’d all be like, “I thought nobody knew,” and I can’t see Jesus saying, “Well, I know I said that but . . .” You’ll never hear that from the Lord. He doesn’t make mistakes. It’s always going to be “See, I told you so.” Check how many times he comes back to the disciples and he’s like, “Didn’t I tell you? Didn’t I tell you?” He knows what He said, and He said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
Now Jesus didn’t say, “No one knows, period.” The Father knows. Part of what Jesus “emptied Himself of” when He took on human life (see Philippians 2:5-11) was the knowledge of certain things that were planned for the future. The Father made Him aware of some things, but not everything—and not the date.
God doesn’t tell us some things for a reason. He doesn’t want us to try to live a certain way because we know a date; He wants us to live each and every day as if that could be the day! Today could be the day. But no one will be able to claim, “I knew it!” We’re all going to be surprised. But not all of us are going to be ready! Are you ready if Christ returns today?
Almighty Father, come quickly! Come today if that’s Your plan. Help me to see anything in my life that would make it an awkward, rather than a joyful, surprise to realize You have chosen this day as the last day of earth as I know it. And help me to be more intentional in keeping my relationships current and my attitude fully expectant of Your return. In Your name I pray, Jesus, Amen.
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