“But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Son. Only the Father knows. As it was in the time of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Human One. In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. They didn’t know what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. The coming of the Human One will be like that. At that time there will be two men in the field. One will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill. One will be taken and the other left. Therefore, stay alert! You don’t know what day the Lord is coming. But you understand that if the head of the house knew at what time the thief would come, he would keep alert and wouldn’t allow the thief to break into his house. Therefore, you also should be prepared, because the Human One will come at a time you don’t know (Matthew 24:36-44, Common English Bible).
“Preacher, when do you think the end will come?”
It’s a question people have asked me many times over the years. In talking with other pastors I also know I am not alone. Why I am not too sure, but it is a question for which many people seek to have the answers.
Here is my answer and it is rooted in today’s reading. “I don’t know. Just as important, neither do you and you never will this side of eternity. In the scriptures, Jesus says, ‘…nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Son. Only the Father knows.’ That says a couple of things to me. First, if Jesus doesn’t know, what makes you think it would EVER be possible for you to know. Second, if one of us did somehow trip up and discover the day and the hour that would mean God would have to change it because someone besides the Father knew the day and the hour.
“The real question is, ‘If you knew the end was coming tomorrow would you live your life any differently today? If the answer to the question is ‘yes’ then you need to change the way you are living because for you, truly for any of us, the end could come tomorrow, or even today.”
The lesson instructs us to stay alert and to be prepared. That should mean for us to live our lives in a way saying we are prepared for today, tomorrow, next week next year or anytime because we are faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. To live alert, to live prepared is to live as a faithful disciple.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Thankfulness,
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