Hail to the Lord's Anointed
O come O come Emmanual
The race that long in darkness pined
Rejoice, rejoice, believers
Be known to us in breaking bread
Joy to the world
Matthew 24:36-44 (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. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Or people focus on trying to figure out when Jesus will return. Like the timing is important.
Even in Jesus' day the disciples wanted to know when Jesus would return.
Jesus answers the when question. No one on earth knows. Only God the Father knows.
The angels don't know, he (Jesus) doesn't know, people don't know, only God the Father knows that time.
When Christ was on earth he was limited in many ways by his humanity. He was still God, but he was very human. He walked , talked, asked questions, needed to know things and get places.
While Noah built the ark, he was continually calling people to know the Lord, to turn to him and be saved.
2 Peter. Scoffers will be around to mock the Lord and his eventual return.
Jesus is clear we don't know when he is returning but we have an antidote for that....stay awake!! Always be expecting. You know it will happen so simply be alert and be ready.
Whatever we do, be prepared for the Lord to return.
We shouldn't be surprised like those who live in the dark. Always ready, always prepared.
So how does live a life of readiness?
1. Live like any moment could be your last
2. Live in grounded obedience to God's will
3. Live a life of faith.
4. Live a life of love
So stay awake. Be alert.