2Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
Last weekend we dug deeper into Matthew 25:32-51. It emphasizes the importance of being ready for Jesus’ return and how that should impact our daily lives. Together, we discovered the attitudes of those who are ready in contrast to those who are not. Here are the core points from that lesson. As always you can grab the full lesson at www.parkviewfamily.com.
The BOTTOM LINE is that we should Expect Jesus’ to Return Unexpectedly.
Jesus’ return is certain. Its timing in uncertain. The question is whether you be ready?
Live as a Follower Who Looks to Jesus’ Return.
Matthew 24:32-35 “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; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. .
Jesus will return will catch many off guard. We are likely to miss things in life that we are not looking for. Our failure to anticipate will not stop Jesus’ return any more than it stops our driver’s licenses from expiring. We are surprised because we stop thinking about something, but followers of Jesus should never stop thinking about Jesus. As a result, Jesus’ followers should not be surprised by Jesus’ return.
Make Sure You are Ready Jesus to Return at Any Moment.
Matthew 24:36-41 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.
Jesus came so we could be ready for His return. That was the whole point of his first coming. He revealed the Father’s purpose and the path to eternal life through faith in Him. But knowledge is only helpful if it is put to use.
Only those who are ready in advance will escape judgment. Salvation is much more than a ticket to heaven, but like some tickets, only those who take care of it in advance can enter God’s kingdom. Jesus gives the example that once the door shut on the ark and rain began to fall it was too late to enter. It will be just like that when He return to set everything straight
Expect the Unexpected Return of Jesus
The only way of escape the coming judgment is to get your judgment prepaid. Jesus has done that through his sacrifice. But it only covers those who receive it in advance through genuinely trusting their lives to Him.
Stay Faithful to Jesus While You Wait for His Return.
Matthew 24:42 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming… 45 “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 47 Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; 50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know…
The core truth here is that Jesus cares about how we live before He returns. The parable of the faithful & unfaithful servants teaches us three important things about what real faith (real readiness looks like). Those who are ready for Jesus’ return through genuine faith in Him will be marked by:
- faithful treatment of others Jesus loves.
- faithful obedience to Jesus’ directions.
- faithful involvement in Jesus’ mission.
So how about you? Are you ready for the return of Jesus? Expect the Unexpected Return of Jesus. Don’t wait any longer to get ready.
2Pet 3:8-9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.