Be on the alert…

Matthew 24:42-44, “Therefore, be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason, you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

I know that Matthew 24:42-44 is somewhat of a long passage, but I think that it applies directly to some certain events that have happened recently. Most everyone knows that a certain man predicted that the rapture would happen this past Saturday, May 21, that all of the true believers in Jesus Christ would be taken up to glory with their Savior, and that all those who have rejected Christ in their hearts would be left behind. Needless to say, that was not the case. As a result, many people now see Christianity as a laughing stock, a religion that has no truth and no foundation.

Obviously, there are a few ways that we Christians can respond to this situation. We can become angry or frustrated at this false teacher for having dragged our Redeemer’s name through the mud, and for basically saying that God was a liar when He said no one knows the hour of Christ’s return. We can continue on with life as before, unconcerned and apathetic, bearing the ridicule of the rest of the world. Or we can obey the passage above, becoming ever more alert and sober as we wait for the return of Christ. If nothing else, this incident should serve to remind all Christians that Christ is coming, and that we are clueless as when it will happen. He may not have come on May 21, 2011, but He is coming, whether we are living like it or not. This should cause us to stop (something most of us don’t do very often) and consider, “Am I living each day, hour, and moment like Jesus will return in one after it?” “Am I ever more alert and sober, waiting for the joyous return of my Savior, Jesus Christ?” How would the world say I am living?” “How would Jesus say I am living?”

2 Responses to “Be on the alert…”
  1. It's just a web site man! says:

    Good Post. We need to remember that Jesus told us it would not be easy to follow Him. Let’s carry on, and use this event as a reminder to stay the course…

    God Bless…

  2. Holly Hanson says:

    Dear Sierra,
    This is an excellent and mature response in reply to the May 21 proclamation. I was going to call it a non-event; but, if it causes others to become more alert and sober as we wait for Jesus’ return, it is very eventful. Perhaps many will hear this as a wake-up call and return to their first love.
    Blessings from Port Angeles, WA.
    Aunt Holly Hanson (My husband, Jerry, is your grandpa Vern’s brother.)

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