Rev. 3:3 So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.
Matthew 24:32-33 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.
There are a lot of things we prepare for as we go through life. Some are good; some are bad. Some are planned and predictable; others are not. We get ready for a birthday party, Christmas and Easter dinner. Get ready for school, work, and bed. We get ready for trips, bad weather. We even get ready for unexpected danger with things like seat belts, insurance, and wills.
God gave us His word so we could get ready for eternity. Get ready for meeting Jesus face to face, for final judgment. For Jesus’ return. We have been looking at one of the longest passages of Jesus talking about his return and the condition of the world before that happens. My hope is that it will help all of us live with readiness for that moment.
Jesus didn’t teach about His return to satisfy our curiosity but to prepare us through our responsiveness to Him.
Ask yourself: “Why did Jesus tell us this? What are we supposed to do with this information? What impact does/ should it make on how we live now? What is at stake in our response to knowing about this?”
The part we are going to look at this weekend is found in Matthew 25:32-51. It emphasizes the importance of being ready and how that should impact our daily lives. In it we will discover the difference in lives of those who are ready for His return and those who are not.
The BOTTOM LINE is that we should Expect Jesus’ to Return Unexpectedly. Jesus’ return is certain. Its timing in uncertain. Will you be ready? Join us this weekend as take a closer look.