Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Thursday, 31 January 19:
Matthew 24:44 — “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Today, Jesus addresses two prophetic topics: 1) Jerusalem’s destruction in AD 70 (Matthew 24:1-35) and 2) Jesus’ final return to judge the living and the dead (Revelation 20–21). (Note: scholars debate which verses deal with the destruction of Jerusalem and which deal with End Times) There is much fascination, speculation, confusion, debate, and unfortunately hype associated with End Times prophecy. Here are a few things that seem clear:
1) No one knows the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36). If someone tells you they have figured it out, you can stop listening at that point.
2) Most people will not see it coming at all, even those who view themselves as religious. (Matthew 24:37-39)
3) People will be going about their business as usual (believers and unbelievers) when the Lord returns. (Matthew 24:40-41)
But the most important thing to take away from today’s readings is Jesus’ warning to remain faithfully obedient while we await His return. Jesus gives this warning several times in different ways. “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” (Matthew 24:46) It is far too easy to become complacent. In the name of grace, we are tempted to take sin far too lightly. As we continue to read this year, consider all the verses that command our pursuit of holiness, purity, and obedience.
“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 31 Jan 19: Today, clean your house – remove the things in your life that you know are unacceptable to your Lord and Savior. (1 Peter 1:15, 16)