It is sobering experience to read some of the things that Jesus says about the last day of what we call history, that is, the day of judgement. He always warns about the suddenness and unexpectedness of the arrival of that day. He emphasises the ordinariness of things, until the very moment arrives. He tells us that people will be going about all their normal business, even marrying and giving in marriage (Matthew 24; 36-39). Because of these facts, He says to us all, “Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord comes (Matthew 24:42).
There will always be those who say that say it will never happen. the bible calls them “scoffers” (2 Peter 3:3). Their argument is utter foolishness. They argue that it is so long in coming that it will not happen at all. This is, of course, not an argument. It proves nothing. What they do not realise is that God, in His mercy, is giving them more time to repent.
There is only one answer to the dilemma of not knowing when Christ will come, that is, to be always ready. Easy? Not for such weak creatures as we are, but the command is ‘watch and be ready’. It is good for us to ponder the word “shall” in the following quotes:
“Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence” (Psalm 50: 3).
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout” (1 Thessalonians 4: 16).
I am happy to say that I am now recovered from my broken arm, apart from a period of physiotherapy and general rehabilitation. I wish to express my sincere thanks to all of you who sent your good wishes to me over the last few weeks.
If the Lord will, I hope to go on holiday for three to four weeks, but, if circumstances permit, I will post some holiday thoughts each week.