Summary: God calls us and empowers us to be wide awake workers giving all for His Kingdom.
Sermon: "Living on Tiptoe" Rev. Anderson
Mark 13:32-27 1 Thes. 5:1-11
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The King is Coming! Here again the words of
the coming King: “What I say to you, I say to
everyone: ’Watch!’" (Mark 13:37 NIV)
I’m about to say a word, and I want you to
see if you know what it means. The word is
Somnambulism. Somnambulism... do you know
what it means? -~->
For those of you having difficulty, let me
tell you about Sam-- a somnambulist.
Sam suddenly gets out of his bed, it’s three
o’clock in the morning. Sam’s eyes are wide
open, but he doesn’t record what he sees.
He places on a robe and walks down the stairs
narrowly missing Susie’s skate and a tumble
to the first floor.
Sam unlocks the front door, walks out into
the yard leaving the door unlocked and open.
The automatic watering system splashes him
with water, but he doesn’t notice.
Sam walks down the sidewalk until he reaches
main street. Even at this early hour cars
and trucks are in a frenzy on Main Street.
Sam doesn’t see their lights or hear their
horns as he walks directly out into the
street as cars and truck veer to the side to
avoid hitting him.
Sam walks by a street person--poor and hungry
who begs for a crumb to calm his aching,
empty stomach, but Sam records no sights and
sounds of poverty.
He walks by a church where bells are ringing
the 4:00 hour, but he does not hear the wake-
up call, or heed the warning that time is
Sam’s wife discovers he is gone. She rouses
her children and finds her husband on Main
Street. She pleads with him to come home as
the children cry and pull at the sleeve on
his robe, but he is unaware of their
attention, and their need for his.
Sam is a somnambulist-- a sleepwalker. In
the deepest recesses of sleep, he can walk,
open doors, and move about, but he records
nothing which will benefit him, or benefit
others. As bad as this is, it gets worse...
he endangers his life, and the life of
If you wanted to hire a watch-guard, would
you hire a somnambulist--one who looks awake
but is dead to the world, or would you seek
to enlist someone energetic, vital, posed on
tiptoes-- looking out from the gate?
Jesus is speaking to His disciples as he
prepares to die, rise, and ascend into
heaven. He is the Master of the parable who
leaves the house in the charge of his
He is standing outside of the temple after
telling His disciples something remarkable--
all the stones of the temple will be
displaced and the temple will be destroyed.
The disciples want to know when this will
take place? His answer is profoundly bigger
than their question. He transports them
beyond the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.,
pointing to the destruction of the heavens
It’s as if the disciples are asking Jesus
when the tree will shed its leaves, and Jesus
answers by telling them when the tree will
lose its trunk.
They are like frisky children tucked into bed
asking when the lights must be turned out,
and Jesus answers by telling them of the hour
when stars, and suns and moons will plummet
as nature falls into complete darkness.
The disciples show our own dim reflection in
a mirror. We, with them, would play through
the seasons from dusk to dawn forgetting that
a midnight hour comes when time stops,
seasons end, and stars fall.
AND WHAT IS IT THAT JESUS WANTS US TO DO?
Stay awake! STAY AWAKE!!! I ask myself and
each of us today, are we awake, or are we
spiritual somnambulists? Are we letting the
significance of life sweep by us unnoticed,
or are we standing on tiptoes, waiting and
working for the King’s return?
As the Lord Jesus begins to share His
parable, he says, in the Greek, “blepo”-- the
act of the eye which sees. It means "Heh!
Look at this! Pay attention!"
But I wonder if after Jesus said "blepo" He
looked at the disciples’ faces and they said
back to Him, ’What are you talking about, we
And so the great I AM says-- with emphasis--
As if to say, “You act as if I am preparing
you for when the lamp runs out of oil, but I
am telling you to prepare for when the
heavens lose their stars!”
“You think of worldly matters and would use
me to keep your lamp in oil. I am telling
you of eternal things-- matters of life and
death-- physical and spiritual.”
To make His point Jesus tells them and us a