Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 1st, 2020
Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight… or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’
Mark 13:35-37 (NIV)
Back in 1955, the National Film Board released a photo entitled “They Keep Watch on Imported Disease.” It was about Health and Welfare Canada’s Quarantine Service. The accompanying article said “medical officers stand guard to keep Canada free from infectious disease. Working from reports of the World Health Organization, “Q-Men” in stations on both coasts chart every new outbreak of disease. All vessels from these areas must be inspected by a quarantine officer before docking. If necessary, passengers and crew are inoculated or removed to shore stations for treatment, and the ship fumigated.”
As Jesus ascended to Glory following His death and resurrection, an angel told those who witnessed it that Jesus would return just as they had seen Him go. Since that time, those who have become followers of Christ have longed for His return. In Titus, Paul calls Jesus’ return “the blessed hope.” It shouldn’t surprise us that Jesus has waited as long as He has to return. He took over two millenia to put into place His plan for His first advent. The Bible often speaks about how we who love Jesus should be living in expectation of His return. In Mark 13:35-37 Jesus said “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight… or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” The imminent return of Jesus calls us to keep our eyes open to what the Lord is doing in this world, and to keep close to Jesus in every way. We don’t know when Jesus will return, but it could be today.
These have been words from the heart.