Summary: He's coming - are you ready?
When will everything be OK? Have you ever asked yourself that question? You’re sitting on the couch, watching the news. You see that the economy has gotten a lot of attention lately. Banks are getting bailed out. Car makers are begging to get bailed out. So many foreclosures, you see. You get tired of watching all of this, and so you change the channel, and now you see stories that show that the moral climate of our country isn’t so good, as government officials fight with each other over what the definition of marriage should be. People seem to be more and more accepting of sinful lifestyles, you notice. You get tired of watching that, and so you change the channel again, and now you see people fighting over how the war against terrorism should be handled. Finally, you turn off the TV. So many problems in the world. When will everything be OK?
And then you think about your own life, and you know that not everything is perfect. Not everything is just right for you at home, or at work, or with your health, your finances. When will everything be OK?
What’s the answer? When will there finally be peace on earth? “Keep watch,” Jesus says. Because that day is coming. A day when all problems will disappear. A day when the economy will be perfect. A day when everyone finally agrees with each other. There will be perfect morality and no war. A day is coming when your life will be perfect, and there will be no more stress or worry at home or at work or anywhere else. “Keep watch,” Jesus says. In our verse of the day, Jesus told us, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Our text for this morning tells us to be on guard. To be alert. But what does that mean, to be alert? Would you be ready, right now, if Jesus opened up the sky and came down to this earth at this moment and looked into your soul, and judged you? Today we will think about all these things as we consider the theme “Waiting for Christ.” We wait, ready and alert. And we wait, filled with hope.
As you can see, we are in the season of Advent, and today is the first Sunday. The color purple is a royal color. It reminds us that a king is coming. The word advent means “coming” or “arrival.” During this time of the year, we celebrate the first arrival of Christ, when the King and Creator of all things, became the creation – when God became man. What an awesome day that was, that first Christmas, many years ago. In Advent, we also look forward to the second coming of Christ, when the King will return on Judgment Day.
Jesus tells us why we need to be alert: “You do not know when that time will come.” In other words, it will be an unexpected moment. The normal flow of your day will be interrupted, and you will be caught off guard. Jesus paints the picture of an owner of a house leaving, and putting his servants in charge, each with his assigned task. We are those servants, and Jesus is that owner. “Keep watch,” Jesus says, “because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back.” And here’s the warning… “Do not let him find you sleeping.”