Summary: As a child I really enjoyed playing hide and go seek. Little did I realize as a child how much this game of hide and seek paralleled the Return - The Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
As a child I really enjoyed playing hide and go seek.
I loved it .... no matter if I was the one hiding ...... trying not to get caught, ...... or if I was the one seeking; .... who was trying to catch those hiding .... unexpectedly.
Although I have not played in a quite some time,.... I do remember that the seeker, .... was called the "It".
The "It" would close their eyes and count to 20 ..... giving time for the others ... to hide.
Now sometimes the seeker would cheat a little bit ..... I must admit I did ..... and would peek around.
But you could hear the count, ..... "One Mississippi Two Mississippi" All the Way To 20 Mississippi.
Then you would heed the cry, ..... Ready or not here I come."
Four things were always certain in the game:
(1 Finger) - The "It" was surely coming
(2nd Finger) - The "It" was coming when they were good and ready .... and not before
(3rd Finger) - The "It" was coming whether you were ready or not
(4th Finger) - And If you were not ready, .... then you would pay the consequences.
Little did I realize as a child how much this game of hide and seek paralleled the Return ..... The Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (Long Pause)
In our Gospel Text. The master is off to a wedding banquet.
His servants .... are at the family farm.
Some are alert, .... ready for his return; .... some are not ready. .... The countdown has begun.
No one knows exactly when the master will return.
Thus Jesus exhorted his disciples and us today concerning the importance of being ready.
And at the end of our story, Jesus states this command, BIBLE "You ... must be ready, ..... for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour" END (Luke 12:40).
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is one of the most repeated teachings in all of Scripture.
The Apostle Paul was well aware of Christ's return and he explained it to the believers gathered in Thessalonica.
As a matter of fact, Paul told them that the signs would be clear ..... and that he should not have to remind them about this fact again. (Pause)
It is much like the story of a tourist driving through West Texas who stopped at a gas station.
He observed a piece of rope dangling from a sign labeled ...... "Weather Forecaster."
The tourist was curious and asked ...... "How can you possibly tell the weather with a piece of rope?"
"It's simple, Sonny," was the droll answer.
"When the rope swings back and forth, ..... it's windy.
When it gets wet, ...... it's raining.
When it's frozen stiff, and it has white stuff on it ..... well it's snowing,
And when it's gone......... tornado!"
There are simply some things that should be clear .... That should be obvious without even asking.
The return of Jesus Christ is one of those things.
Our Gospel Text informs us that the Messiah will return how? "... As a thief at an unexpected hour."
The question is not "If Jesus will return?" ..... but "When Jesus will return?"
Again the Scripture are clear... no one knows (Pause)
Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians' explains this by describing the time of Jesus return as ..... A thief in the night.
Just as a thief plans his entry at an uncertain time ...... that is when least expected; ...... so it will be with the coming of the Son of Man.
Jesus Himself proclaims this truth as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew (Matt. 24:35) BIBLE "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only." END
In our Gospel reading from Luke ..... Jesus shares this warning: BIBLE "You must also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour." END
Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians discusses the return of Christ in greater detail.
Hear his words to us this day. BIBLE When they say, "There is peace and security," then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! ?But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. END (Thessalonians 5:3-5)
Paul often refers to the Second Coming of Christ as the ..... "Day of the Lord."
And throughout scripture the "Day of the Lord" was the designation of that latter time ..... when God would pour out His wrath on the ungodly.