Matthew 24:36-51; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 21:34-36 — Being ready whenever

There are a lot of people concerned about when Jesus will return.  And over the years, many people have predicted when he will come back.  I remember back in my high school days, a book came out called, “88 reasons why the rapture will happen in 1988.”

Needless to say, it never happened.  Not that it stopped the author from making more futile predictions.

For some reason, such people seem to ignore the words of Jesus who said,

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  (Mark 13:32)

God has his plans, and he hasn’t chosen to reveal to us when Jesus will return.  What he has given us is signs to look for, which we’ve already talked about.  And he’s given us an admonition that too few Christians follow today.  Watch, and be ready.

Jesus  said,

Be on guard!  Be alert!  You do not know when that time will come.  It’s like a man going away:  He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.  Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back — whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn.  If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.  What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’  (Mark 13:33-37)

I know I mentioned this yesterday, but considering that Jesus repeats the same admonition 4 times in the same passage, I figure it can’t hurt to repeat it again.

A lot of Christians argue about when Jesus will rapture the church.  Will it be before the great tribulation?  Will it be in the middle?  Will it be after?  I’m not saying these things aren’t important.  What I am saying is that it’s not so important when Jesus is coming, but to be ready whenever he comes.  And if you are ready whenever he comes, you’ll never be caught by surprise.

That is the whole point of what Jesus is saying here.  So before you start arguing about pre-trib, mid-trib, or post-trib, or premillenial, postmillenial, or amillenial, ask yourself one question.  If Jesus were to come today, am I ready?  Am I doing the things that he has asked me to do?  If he were come today, what would he say to me?

And if you have that question settled, everything else will work itself out.

So…are you ready?


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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