Scripture: Matthew 24:36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, 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 Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
Observation: This section of Matthew records several instances of Jesus warning the people against those who would falsely proclaim his return. He makes it clear that NO PERSON will know in advance the day or hour when he will come again in glory.
Application: I find myself in some, uh, interesting conversations when people find out I’m a pastor. Those of you who are pastors know what I’m talking about. I was recently shopping for a car and on a test drive the salesman asked about my occupation. I told him I was a local pastor – and we were off to the races. Turns out this gentleman is very interested in the “end times” and explained to me at great length why this generation will be the last before Jesus comes again. I mostly just smiled and nodded, and from time to time actually got to ask about the car I was driving.
Now, I completely understand how people are interested in discerning the end times. To me, it’s sort of like debating who will win the Super Bowl… before the season has even started. Or perhaps who will be elected POTUS in this bizarre election cycle. Many theories, but no one really knows anything for sure. This is all the more true regarding Jesus’ return. We simply will not know when he’s coming… until he’s here. The point? Be ready.
As the creed says, “Jesus will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead”. If you were to give an account of your life before the Lord this very day, what would you say?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, the day and hour of your return is beyond human knowledge. Give us grace to be confident in our place before you, not because of anything we have done, but as a result of your death and resurrection – through which you defeated sin and death forever. We pray this in your holy name. Amen.