Summary: In light of Jesus' soon return, we need to be ready.

Be Ready for His Return

Matthew 24:42-51

I. Concern about Suddenness (42-44)

A. Uncertain

1. ‘Ye know not the hour’

2. ‘Such an hour as ye think not’

B. Unknown

1. As a thief

2. Unexpected

3. ‘Such an hour as ye think not’

II. Concern about Stewardship (45-47)

A. Faithful

1. 1 Cor. 4:2, “Moreover it is required in

stewards, that a man be found faithful”

B. Wise

1. Parable in Matthew 7

(Wise man/house on rock)

2. Planned and invested for the future

C. Blessed

1. Reward (vs. 47)

2. Matthew 25:21, “His lord said unto him,

Well done, thou good and faithful servant:

thou hast been faithful over a few things,

I will make thee ruler over many things:

enter thou into the joy of thy lord”

III. Concern about Sin (48-51)

A. Unfaithful

1. Disobedient

B. Unwise

1. Abusive to self and others

2. Presumptuous about Lord’s return

C. Punished

1. ‘cut him asunder’ –

form of ancient punishment

a. denotes severe punishment

2. Public shame ‘portion with hypocrites’

3. Intense guilt ‘weeping, gnashing’

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