Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day or the hour. Matthew 25:13, Mark 13:33-37, Luke 12:36
For as lightening comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. ...the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:27-31.
Decade follows decade and century follows century. We die and we are born, and still Jesus has not returned for us. I wonder what He is waiting for. Does He want us to get used to world travel in a fraction of the time it took when He walked on earth? Did He want cell phones and Internet to be invented to show us how to live in a more fluid world? Is He testing our patience and our faith with this delay?
As the centuries pass, the story of Jesus reappearing to gather His beloved during a celestial catastrophe becomes increasingly unbelievable and increasingly believable. Of all the amazing things that have happened, no one, neither Martian nor angel, has come to earth to take humans away.
Yet, after hurricanes and tsunamis and the looming likelihood of nuclear war, the end appears to be barreling its way into the present. With all its evil, rancor and hatred, poverty and greed, this intensely varied human habitat appears to deserve annihilation by its Creator who designed mankind to be so much better than we are.
Every day, you and I live with the possibility that it can be our last. A fatal accident, disease or a mass murderer could destroy our life; to tear us away from family, friends, and vocation. Death hovers, patient and alert for its moment to seize us. Our best response is to be equally patient and alert for Christ's return.
Let's constantly wake our sleepy souls with the mantra, ' Maranatha' Come Lord Jesus. Help me be ready.