The Hour of His Return is Unknown to us, you see.
We read in 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5 that we, the children of the light, know that the Lord will come like a thief in the night, and that we are to remain watchful and sober. We are to remain aware of the circumstances around us
Even though the hour of His coming will be unknown, we can be sensitive to the season we find ourselves in, being watchful and being ready!
This is a problem that we all – I’m afraid – tend to stumble at sometimes…
Look what happened to our lamp-bearing virgins in our text:
Verse 5: “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.”
Wise and foolish alike, here we see that they all – in the extended absence of the bridegroom – grew weary and slumbered. Christ left us with a responsibility, didn’t he? To be vigilant for his return.
Now, hold your place here in Matthew and look with me at Mark 13, beginning at verse 32:
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
It says: Take heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is!
“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is … Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.”
I don’t know about you, but that’s a position I don’t want the Lord to catch me in!
He’s coming back, and when He does it’s going to be more real than anything you’ve ever experienced!
“Waiting on the Bridegroom” returns next time…
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