Sunday Devotional: You do not know when the time will come

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Mark 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”

Today’s reading is another warning and reminder from Jesus that the end may come at any time, “like a thief in the night”.
Recall that in Matthew 25, our Lord sounded the same warning in the Parable of the Ten Virgins — that we must be prepared for our end by “staying awake” for the arrival of the “bridegroom,” because you know neither the day nor the hour”.
All that was brought home to me recently, when I found out that a good friend had suddenly died. Just like that, he’s gone . . . .
Christ spent only three years in public ministry, and time was precious. Why would He again and again instruct us to be prepared, warning us again and again that we simply won’t know when our end comes, unless He knows the consequences of being unprepared are dire and terrible?
Please take seriously the passages from Mark 13 and Matthew 25:

Our death may come swiftly and unexpectedly. Examine our conscience. Repent for our sins. Ask for forgiveness. Make amends. Purify our souls.

And at all times:

Love the Lord our God with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and with all our strength.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,
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0 responses to “Sunday Devotional: You do not know when the time will come

  1. The fact that each of us must get our own house in order because we really do not know when the Savior will return . . . nor do we know when the time that we draw our last breath will occur. Today is the time to prepare for our return to our God!
    Dr Eowyn . . . this is such an excellent, and certainly timely lesson for this Sunday. Thank you.

  2. In New Testament days, in the early church times, they understood this idea very well. And while they were suffering persecution, they had not seen the work of Satan like we of modern times have seen it. I was born in 1960, so I grew up in a time where I got to see things go from the birthing pains of a somewhat religious in nature society to the Babylonian country we live in today. Even growing up through high school, I never could have imagined the condition the world would be in now. But in 1 John 2, it was foretold. 18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
    Every time I see something happening in world affairs, or even just in our own nation, I have it jump out at my mind back to the days when I was studying intensely for Bible school, something from God’s word that ties things together. Just now, I am reminded of the verse in 1 Timothy 3 about how a man wishing to become a pastor should not be a novice. When I was considering myself becoming a pastor, I brought this verse up to my pastor, who was himself a young man, who kind of brushed it aside. But now I see where until a man has been really dragged through a few knotholes, he is simply not able to understand how God relates with us and how He suffered here in His time on earth.
    I heard some time ago that you should never trust a pastor without a limp. The person was saying pretty much the same thing as this verse in 1 Tim. only in a different way. It is only now, in my late 50’s, that I feel even a little bit equipped to give counsel or instruction based upon what I think the Bible has to say about things from God’s point of view, and it is in many cases different from what I might have said 35 years ago. That doesn’t mean that I have compromised my beliefs, what it means is that I believe I see God more clearly, and understand Him more fully, and love Him more dearly now, than ever before. I also understand how He loves all of us, and that He gave the law not to hinder people, but to try to show them Himself through it, and to prepare them for the Savior, and for His sacrifice.
    As we approach this Christmas season, I must confess that the holiday has never been my favorite. That would have to be Easter. While not raised in a spiritual home, I was saved at the age of approximately 10 or so. And I somehow understood that Easter was special, a time of year that meant solemn parts, but also celebration for the renewal and rebirth that had come. And while the crass commercialism had not back then made it as horrible as it is today, it was still a part of things. And I sensed that, and was turned off by it. Of course now, I am even more put off by the hijacking of a supposed celebration of the birth of Jesus being turned into an occasion to rack up debt. So at this time of the year, I want to really wish to everyone a joyful, spirit filled, Christmas, that draws friends and family closer together, and encourage everyone to reach out to rebuild any old relationships that have drifted apart, even if it is your relationship with God. And may the New Year see the return of Jesus, and Him find us hard at work for Him.

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  4. Dr. Eowyn,
    my condolences on the loss of your dear friend….I pray he had the Lord in his heart, and if so, then he only waits in his sleep…
    as we should be forever vigilant as Christians, knowing our Lord will return, and keep our spiritual homes in order, ready and waiting for His arrival.


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