“If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house broke into. So must you be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:43)
The day of the Lord will come like a thief. 2 Peter 3:10. Peter used thief to describe the manner in which Christ second coming will be. The master will come suddenly when the world loves it’s own, and majority of God’s children have allowed the world to shift their focus.
Jesus will come at an hour when lovers are planning to go for holidays. when teenagers are busily enjoying their boyfriend – girlfriend relationships. when parents are planning for their children’s future. when University graduates make job seeking their priority. when CEOs of various businesses are planning the way forward, when World leaders make plans to combine Christianity and Islam. When you allow football game, night club, gossip, crave for latest electronics, etc dominate your heart and mind. Jesus will come on day you least expected. Thus He said “Be careful, or your heart will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.” Luke 21:34.
One thing He said “the time has been shortened” before He left about 2000 years ago and the story hasn’t changed. Jesus is coming soon. He told us no one knows that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matthew 24:36
The Night used refer to season, a period of time when people are tired of waiting, and don’t believe in the signs He told us to expect before His coming. He is coming at an hour when most believers are tired of hearing the same old news; JESUS IS COMING SOON. A season when most Christians are relaxing and dozing off (living lives that please them). Like the parable of the ten virgins, the bridegroom came when they were sleeping. It was a time they were tired of waiting. Fatigue had set in, their strengths began to faint, and nothing good was happening.
Jesus can come at the NIGHT of your life. At a time when you say “Let me just do this for today and I won’t repeat it again.” Thieves most often come at night, even as you don’t want anything to disturb your sleep. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. If he suddenly come, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: Watch!
WHAT MUST WE DO?
- Watch! Be on guard! Be alert and self controlled
To be forewarned is to be forearmed.