36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
As I read Jesus’ words to his disciples I am struck with a paradox: the final judgment of all humanity is shrouded in mystery and at the same time our behaviour in light of His return is made as clear as day.
It is mysterious because not even Jesus himself claims to know the exact time that God will bring an end to this age. He does not know when it is that every knee shall bow before him.
It is clear because I am told exactly how we should behave. I am to live like Jesus’ Kingdom is already in full operation, I am to follow Jesus’ teaching as the only teaching that is truly perfect. I am to bow before him today with my whole life – and then I will not be ashamed when he comes again.
Lord God, I am waiting and am ready for your return, teach me to live each day with you as king of my life, so that I will be ready when you take up your reign over the whole universe.
Written by Andrew Mellor