“No one knows the day or the time. The angels in heaven don’t know, and the Son himself doesn’t know. Only the Father knows.”
Jesus tells His disciples about the end times. The powers of the sky will be shaken. Then the Son will return in glory with the angels.
Just as we know when trees sprout leaves and blossoms that summer is on its way, we need to be alert for the signs of Jesus’ return.
No one knows the day or the time- not even the angels of heaven or Jesus Himself. Like servants overseeing a household while their master is away, we need to be diligently serving the Lord.
No one knows the day. I get frustrated when I see a new prediction, always false of course. No one knows when this will be except our Father.
Jesus tells us that it could be any time so we need to live in eager expectation of His coming.
In this season called Advent, we prepare ourselves and wait expectantly to celebrate Jesus’ first coming. Although we assign a date to this event, we don’t really know the date of Jesus’ birthday. How much more then should we approach the timing of His return in humility and accept that we aren’t meant to know?
We know that He will come back to judge the living and the dead. We know that He will reign over all of creation and that the great enemies of mankind- sin and death- will be finally vanquished.
So we must wait expectantly. We must go about the Lord’s business each day serving Him as faithfully as if He was right here with us in visible form. He is right here with us (Immanuel- God is with us), but we sometimes forget.
If we daily live in submission to the Holy Spirit, we will be ready for Christ’s return whenever He comes.
Come Lord Jesus come! May I be found diligently and joyfully serving your purposes when you do return. Amen.