Today is Friday and the beginning of what promises to be a beautiful, spring-like weekend! I can’t wait! What does the Lord have in store for me? I wonder if he’s coming? Wouldn’t that be wonderful!
Certainly, one day he will. He said so. We have every reason to believe him. In fact, he told us plenty about that and what his expectations are. So, really, we have no excuse if we are caught unprepared. To those who are unprepared, his return will not be pleasant. To those who are ready, it will be a reunion like the earth has never seen!
Are you excited about this? I am, although it is a little strange preparing for something that you have never experienced. I mean, I guess we know that Jesus will come in the clouds with a loud voice and the elect will join him in the sky – both those who have died and those who are alive. See 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Beyond that, it’s speculation as far as specifics go.
We can be certain Jesus is coming. We also know that he’s coming on a day we don’t expect (Luke 12:41-48). So, does that mean he won’t come today if I expect him to come? No, that simply serves to tell us he could come at any time, that we shouldn’t try to predict it as a calendar event. It also gives us reason for hope. It also serves as a warning.
On A Day You Do Not Expect.
Let’s consider the passage from Luke 12:41-48. In it, Jesus gives four examples using a scenario of a servant who is left over the care of his master’s house while the master is gone. The first example is of the servant who does as his master has instructed. That servant will receive a reward, “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find doing so when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions.” (v. 43-44). That sounds pretty good!
The second example is of a servant who knew his master’s will but did not do it and furthermore abused his privilege. He then gets caught when the master arrives unexpectedly. Of that servant, Jesus says, the master will, “cut him in pieces and put him in with the unfaithful.” (v. 45-46) I’m not sure exactly what that means, but my guess is that would be eternal damnation. Not good.
The third knew his master’s will and did not abuse his privileges but nonetheless did not do his master’s will. When the master arrives unexpectedly, that servant “will receive a severe beating.” (v. 47) The fourth is the servant who did NOT KNOW his master’s will yet did what deserved a beating, that servant “will receive a light beating.” (v.48)
The only possible “good” outcome is to make sure we know our master’s will and then do it. Why? Because he is coming. Of that, we can be certain. Indeed, He’s coming!
More on that.
If you want to read and interesting story about this regarding my encounter with a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses, click here. Actually, I would recommend a much better explanation of this passage by John MacArthur. Click here for that.
Father, thank you for starting me off today with the expectation of your return. I truly hope it is today, but I do admit I have some work that is yet to be done. Keep me focused. Amen.
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