Are You Ready?

Mark 13:32-37
“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. 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. 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!”

We considered last week the harvest at the end of the age, when Christ comes and gathers His elect to Himself. As the season of Advent begins, we stick with that theme, in a way. Advent means coming, or arrival. It doesn’t matter if the calendar is BC or AD, God’s people were and are awaiting the arrival of Jesus Christ. He has now come once and accomplished our redemption. But He left our complete sanctification and our glorification for His next advent. So still we wait and hope.

The thing is, as we wait, there is watching and waking. We aren’t waiting passively, but preparing. Let every heart prepare Him room. What preparation do you need to make? What changes? What part of your daily routine needs adjusting? Your thought habits? Entertainment choices?

Jesus is coming. This shouldn’t be a foreboding and gloomy thought. We aren’t headed for a funeral. But we should be sobered to be completely ready for the party.

Advent One

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