July 16, 2018
Matthew 24:5-8… For many will come in my name and say, “I am the Christ” and will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of birth pains.
The disciples had asked Jesus when the end if the age would be and what
would be the sign of His coming. He answered with a bunch of negative stuff. That seems a little unlike Jesus, but He answered according to the perspective of the world. At the close of this paragraph, He mentions birth pains. His answer spanned time. The beginning of birth pains happens, often, well before the actual birth. Considering the nature of their question, it seems like Jesus kind of skirted the real question. In my lifetime I have heard the same question rather often. “When is Jesus coming back?” Looking above, at His answer, I have to notice that wars rarely happen in a moment. The wars we have witnessed took a long time. His answer was more about the condition of life on the planet than about the actual timing of the event. The day that Jesus returns will be a day like any other day. He will return on an actual day, but it will not happen with warnings blaring from loudspeakers and billboards giving details. In another scripture, He says that the day will appear as a thief in the night. In an effort to be undetected a thief makes no announcement of his coming. It just occurred to me that if Jesus declared His return on a given day, some people would delay salvation until the day before His return. That would be ungodly.
But it would be so human. Many people have tried to figure out the day of His return. But Jesus told us nobody knows that except the Father. Rather than that, we ought to focus on the readiness of our heart. How can one be ready for something he doesn’t know the time of? By being constantly ready. That is our assignment for the end times… Be ready.