Mark 13:34-36 NIV
34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.
Jesus is telling the disciples about the End of Time and His Second Coming. He is telling them that there will come a time when He will return, but they won’t know when that is. We don’t know when that is. But Jesus days it could be at any time. He compares it to a man leaving others in charge of his property. They should not sleep on the job, but be hard at work, and have someone on lookout. They should expect him back at any minute.
We have to be ready. When Jesus rose from the grave, he spent only a short time with his disciples, then he ascended (or went) to heaven. The disciples who saw it then saw two angels, or Moses and Elijah (two famous prophets from a long time ago), telling them that Jesus would return the same way he left.
Why is he coming back? Two resins. One: To bring the church (or the saints, or those who are saved, or those who know him) to heaven to be with him. Two: to judge the living and the dead, and bring an end to the world as we know it.
When is he coming back? No one knows but the Father, God, Yahweh. So we have to be ready all the time. We should expect His return any moment.
It’s kind of like being ready for the ultimate pop-quiz!
And being ready is living right with God first. And second, sharing our faith with others, because this is really going to happen, and having a relationship with God is really important.
LORD, help me stay ready. Remind me that you are coming soon so that I don’t get lazy with my faith or with sharing it with others. In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen.