“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.”
Hope is not a product, a program, a principle, a pill, or a power, but hope is a person, and that person is the Lord Jesus Christ. Let the Word of God lighten our hearts, souls and minds with this truth, “5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.” (Psalm 65:5). In spite of all the surrounding chaos and challenges in life and fear, hope encourages us and enables us to fix our eyes on Jesus, and follow Him all the days of our lives (Hebrews 12:1-2). Hope is one of the best medicines for every soul. The Bible describes a better hope (Hebrews 7:19), hope laid up in heaven (Colossians 1:5), sure and steadfast hope (Hebrews 6:19), living hope, because the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead to give us hope for life (1 Peter 1:3). The last hope for every follower of Jesus is the blessed hope (Titus 2:13). This passage teaches us three important principles for living with hope each day.
1) Redemption of the Saved – “32 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” Jesus is the Redeemer and Rescuer for every soul who put their trust in Him. The moment you and I received and believed on the Lord Jesus, we were saved (John 1:12; 6:47). John the Baptist testified that Jesus is the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29,36). This is the hope for our lives. We are regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-6) and redeemed by the precious, pure, and powerful blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-21). That Christ dwells in us is our glorious hope (Colossians 1:27). O, what a joy of knowing that we are redeemed by our faithful Lord and Savior.
2) Readiness of the Saints – “34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch” (Mark 13:34). Each day, whatever we do, we must do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14), and wholeheartedly as though Christ will return tomorrow (Colossians 3:22-25). While waiting for that blessed hope, let us keep working with and for our precious Lord with our talents, treasures, and time. That’s what it means to be ready (Matthew 24:42-50). May God find us faithful until He comes.
3) Returning of the Savior – “35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:35). The Lord Jesus told us with His encouraging and enduring words that He will come quickly (Revelation 22:12). Christ is the One who is, and who was, and who is to come (Revelation 1:8). He will come in His glory (Matthew 25:31). We are looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of our great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). The church in Thessalonica waited for Jesus to return (1 Thessalonians 1:10). So do we. Do you know why? Because Jesus will return this time not for redeeming sins, but for receiving all saints who know Him and love His name (Hebrews 9:28). Jesus will return some day for sure, so what should our attitudes be? We need to be patient and strengthen our hearts because His coming is near (James 5:8). The Bible exhorts us to think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good deeds, and not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25). Jesus will return like the thief in the night, His promise never failed as some thought (2 Peter 3:9-10). I used to own a 94’ Honda Accord, station wagon. Within three years, it was stolen three times. I noticed each time my car was stolen, the thief never told me ahead of time. That’s what the Bible meant when it said Jesus will return like the thief in the night. His day and time is unexpected and unknown to us. So, that is why we all must be ready. I am ready for that day, are you?