Reading: Matthew 24: 36-44
Almost everything about “the end” is unknown. Personally, we do not know in advance the date on which we will draw our last breath. As a faith, we do not know the date that Jesus will return. We do not know if this will be during our lifetime or if His return is thousands of years away. We simply know that one day Jesus will return to make all things new.
In Matthew 24, Jesus speaks of the unknown nature, saying only God knows the time. Even this is unclear. Does this mean God has a date marked on the heavenly calendar or does it mean that only God will know when the time is right for Jesus to return? In either case, Jesus’ advice is the same: keep watch, stay ready. For emphasis, the passage ends with, “because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him”. One will be taken, one will be left.
If this passage is not a call to live each and every day as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, I do not know what it is. Jesus came to earth to reveal what God is like. Jesus came and walked and lived among humanity to show us what God’s love looks like lived out in the flesh. Jesus came to show us what it looks like to daily love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and what it looks like to daily love neighbor as self. And He said, “Go and do likewise… make disciples of all nations…”
As disciples of Christ, we yearn to be more and more like Him every day. We study the Bible, we spend time in prayer, we participate in small groups and in classes, we worship regularly – all to get to know Jesus better. All this to keep watch, to stay ready. Each day is another day to know Jesus more and to share Jesus with more people. Each day is one day closer to when we meet Jesus face to face. Each day, may we continue to be God’s love lived out in the world. Each day, may we shine the light, ever walking with Jesus.