Matt 24:36                 No Man Knoweth the Day or the Hour             8/17/2008      ßà   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1.       The Fig Tree and All the Trees (Matt 24:32-33, Luke 21:28-31, Rev 13:7-8, Luke 18:8)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       No One, But My Father Only (Matt 24:36,42,44, Mark 13:32, John 3:13,  Deut 29:29, Prov 25:2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Mark, Mark 11:12 (2X). Today’s sermon actually centers on Matt 24:36, where the Lord Jesus said: But of that day and hour knoweth no man. Therefore the title of this sermon is, No Man Knoweth the Day or the Hour (2X). Before we turn to that aspect of the sermon, I would like to review, briefly, what the parable of the fig tree is all about. In Mark 11:12-14 we read about a remarkable thing that the Lord Jesus did. 

But the poor fig tree could not help it. It was not the time for figs. We read in Mark 11:12-14,

Mr 11:12-14 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

This event took place on Monday morning of the same week when He was going to be crucified on Friday. Since it was so close to the day of His death, don’t you think that it was very important for us to understand this event, which He created as one of His last messages? This was a real historical event. Then why did the Lord Jesus call this a parable? The Lord Jesus, in His humanity, was hungry. He then approached a fig tree to see if there were any figs on it. There were none since it was not the season for figs. Now is this not amazing? The Lord Jesus Christ, who was one with God the Son, the Creator of the universe, who is the all knowing God of heaven and earth, did He not know that it was not the season for figs? O Yes, He knew! But He created an event through which we are taught that God cursed the fig tree to show us the curse that presently rests upon the nation of Israel. From various parts of the Bible we understand that the fig tree is symbolizing the nation of Israel. But why would God curse anyone? Is He not a God of love? And that is true. But God also says in Psalm 7:11, “God is angry with the wicked every day”. And who are the wicked? All the unbelievers are wicked. All those who forget God are the wicked, and “God is angry with the wicked every day”. Ever since the time of the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ the nation of Israel, as a whole, has refused to believe that the Lord Jesus is the Messiah. And by this act of unbelief they have sided themselves with the Devil and his angels. We know that the Devil has blinded their eyes, and thus they cannot see Christ as the way and the truth and the life, but we also know that we have a righteous God who judges righteously. And thus, when people are cast into Hell they cannot pass the blame to the Devil, or to Adam, or to their parents who did not bring them up in a righteous manner, but they are cast into Hell for their own sins. People sin voluntarily, and that is why a righteous God can cast them into Hell. And this is why the Lord Jesus cursed the fig tree. Please drop down to verse 20 where we read of a continuation of this story on Tuesday morning. Mark 11:20-23

Mr 11:20-22 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Mr 11:23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Why did Jesus say this? Did He not know that in the entire history of mankind there would not be one person who would cast a mountain into the sea? But this saying makes only sense if we understand that a mountain represents a kingdom. And the kingdom that the Lord presently addressed was the nation of Israel. Today the false gospel of the charismatic movement has badly twisted verse 23. They believe that if they just speak what they want, and would not doubt in their heart, they shall have whatsoever their mouth has spoken. That is a false twist and a conclusion which you arrive at when you totally rely on the historical grammatical interpretation of Scripture. But the Lord was speaking of the nation of Israel already from verse 12. Please turn now to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:32 (2X). In Matt 24 the Lord Jesus speaks of end time events, also known as eschatology. Then the Lord says in Matt 24:32

In other words, do not just read about it, do not just marvel at the miracle, but learn from it essential doctrines that you can apply in your understanding of eschatology, referring to end time events.

Mt 24:32-42  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Paraphrased the Lord Jesus said in verses 32 and 33, “Now learn a new parable concerning the cursed fig tree. When it shoots out new branches that are yet tender, and it brings forth leaves, not fruit, but only leaves, then you know that springtime is here, and summer is near. In the same manner, when you can see all these things concerning the abomination of desolation, and concerning the apostacy of the churches during the FTP, and concerning the multiplication of false gospels featuring signs and wonders, and concerning the fig tree coming in leaf, then know that Christ is very near, even at the door” Therefore, when we see that the nation of Israel has miraculously become a nation again in 1948, we understand that the fig tree is in leaf. As a whole the nation of Israel remains adamantly opposed to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In that sense there is no fruit. But there is a remnant chosen by grace out of every nation of the world, including the nation of Israel, for God is not a respecter of persons, and that is why there is some fruit from that point of view. But as a whole the nation of Israel remains blinded until the fulness of the Gentiles have come in, which means until the end of time. God says in 2Cor 4:3-4, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”. In other words, “the god of this world”, Satan, has blinded the minds of them that believe not. But Satan is not an independent agent. Satan does only those things that God instructs him to do. And thus our salvation is altogether tied to the sovereignty of God, and for this we give Him thanks. Put a sticker here in Matt 24, and please turn now to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 21:28 (2X). And when you have found this page, put also a sticker here in Luke 21, for these two chapters Matt 24 and Luke 21 complement each other concerning end time events. In Luke 21 the Lord Jesus spoke also about the fig tree, but He spoke about it in a different manner. In Luke 21:28-31 He spoke about:

#1.       The Fig Tree and All the Trees (Matt 24:32-33, Luke 21:28-31, Rev 13:7-8, Luke 18:8)

Lu 21:28-31 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

The Lord says here, “Behold the fig tree, and all the trees”. Now the meaning shifts somewhat. The Lord is not drawing our attention to watch the growth and prosperity of all the nations of the world, for that would be an impossible task for most of us. The fig tree is now not representing the nation of Israel, but the religion of the nation of Israel. Then the meaning of “all the trees” refers to the religions of all the churches in the world. How are they doing? Are they growing? The Lord says in verse 30, “When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand”, which means about the same as is stated in Matt 24:32, “When they shoot out new braches that are yet tender, and they bring forth leaves, not fruit, then you know that springtime is here, and summer is near”. How should the religions of the world be doing, according to God’s Word? Well, God says in Rev 13:7-8,

Re 13:7-8 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

This means that the true Gospel will be pinched off, but that the false gospels shall proliferate and shall prosper very well. This is indeed what we see today. Fewer and fewer churches are proclaiming the true Gospel through the electronic media worldwide, but on the other hand the churches that preach false gospels are steadily increasing in power and in wealth. It seems as if Satan is winning the battle, which we know is the last battle between those on the side of Antichrist against those on the side of Christ. We know that the mega-churches are becoming bigger and stronger, and that the people they draw come out of the much smaller conservative congregations. And thus, in terms of the words in Luke 21:30 we can indeed see that all the trees shoot forth and grow leaves, except the olive tree. Even the fig tree is growing more leaves, for the power of the religion of the nation of Israel over the nations is increasing, and their political power is also increasing. But the true Gospel, characterized by the olive tree, must decrease steadily as we approach the end, for the Lord Jesus said in Luke 18:8, “when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” It is a rhetorical question. He shall not find much faith on the earth, for the true Gospel will be slowly pinched off, for that is why the Lord is coming to judge the world. Even though God shall avenge His own elect speedily, and even though He bear long with them, nevertheless their gratitude is going to run very thin, and the people who are winning souls for the Devil are much smarter than those whose task it is to be ambassadors for Christ. That is why in the parable all the trees shoot forth and grow leaves, except the olive tree. Please turn again to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:34 (2X). The Lord speaks here of “this generation”. What d. t. m?

Have you not wondered sometimes in the past whether the Lord will return within your generation? Are you physically going to see Him return on the clouds of glory? And this may be true, but that is not what these words imply, for these words have been in existence for more than 1900 years. Many generations have passed, and the Lord has not returned in their generation. Jesus said in Matt 24:34-35

Mt 24:34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Mt 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

We may not interpret this as if these words refer to “this evil generation”, or “this generation of evil”, for then we would have emptied these verses of their significance. We also may not interpret these words as if it refers to the generation living at the time that Jesus walked on the earth, for definitely this is not true. The Bible declares that as long as mankind is upon the earth mankind will always be an evil generation. And to repeat this truism to us is no news. But the Lord intended to convey to us something new here in Matt 24:34. And that these words are important for us to understand is emphasized by the fact that these same words are also found in the Gospels of Mark and of Luke. The key to understanding this new principle is found in the words “This generation”. If you have a computer, and you have a Bible software program, ask your computer to search for the combination “this generation”, and you will be surprised by nineteen verses that are all condemning the nation of Israel for their unbelief. If we search only for the word “generation” in the NT, we find 34 verses containing the word “generation”, but 29 out of those 34 are all condemning the nation of Israel for their unbelief. Within these 29 verses we find the expression “this generation” 20 times, “generation of vipers” 4 times, an “evil and adulterous generation” 3 times, and a “faithless generation” 2 times. The principle that we see shining through these twenty nine occurrences is that God has written the entire NT in an atmosphere of “Done with the old, and start with the new”. Beginning early in the NT God conveys to us the message that God is no longer looking at the nation, consisting of the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as His favorite nation, as His special people, as the apple of His eye, no longer are they His children forever. All that came to an end when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross. The OT nation of Israel was only a shadow of God’s elect; but the NT nation of God’s elect consists of all those chosen by grace out of all the nations of the world, including some out of the OT nation of Israel.  The Seed of the woman and the Seed of Abraham refers to Christ and all those who are in Christ; not the physical descendants of Abraham, which God so clearly showed by Abraham having seven other children which were not favorite children of God. Obedience to the OT ceremonial law is replaced by the gift of grace through faith in the NT law of liberty through the cross of Christ. OT favorite acts of God, such as the exodus out of Egypt, were only types and figures of God’s dealings with His elect in the NT sense. The name “Jew” for OT Israel, is now conferred upon the NT elect drawn out of all nations, and characterized by their circumcision of the heart. The name “Israel” for OT blood descendants of Jacob, is now conferred upon Christ and all those who are in Christ, for Christ is also called Israel, and all those in Christ are called the Israel of God. The name “children of Abraham”, which in OT times referred to the physical descendants of Jacob, is now conferred only upon those who have the faith of Abraham, and is given by grace to all the elect. OT Israel is no longer counted as the “children of God’s promise to Abraham”, but “children of the promise” are those who have been chosen by God to be the recipients of His grace, both in the OT as well as in the NT dispensation. The Promised Land is no longer the land of Canaan, but the Promised Land is the NH&NE. The OT congregation in synagogues has been replaced by the NT congregation drawn into local churches. The OT Saturday Sabbath has been replaced by the NT Sunday Sabbath. The OT feast of the Passover has been replaced by the NT feast of the Lord’s Supper. The OT circumcision ceremony has been replaced by NT water baptism. All the OT animal sacrifices, which were looking forward to the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, have been replaced by looking back on the one perfect sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. When the Lord Jesus died on the cross, God caused the curtain in the temple to be torn from top to bottom, and instantly the OT temple was no longer the place where God resides, but was reduced to an insignificant structure; the NT temple is now the souls of the true believers where God the Father, and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit dwell. When Christ died on the cross, the city of Jerusalem was no longer the holy city, but was demoted to a heap of bricks and mortar, and is a symbol of those who are still in bondage to Satan; but the city of the living God, of which we are already now citizens of, is the Jerusalem which is above, which is also called Mount Sion, or the church of the firstborn which are written in heaven. All the OT mandatory tithes were replaced by the NT voluntary gifts of dedicating our whole self to the cause of Christ and His Kingdom. The mandate of evangelism among the heathen, which was not required by God in the OT, except to Jonah, is now the first and foremost priority of the NT believers.

There are probably many more changes from the OT to the NT that I missed, but from these we can see that the hinge on which the OT turned into the NT was the event that Christ died on the cross. This was the centerpiece of God’s dealings with mankind, and this is the centerpiece of God’s communication to us in the Bible. The Bible is not primarily about how we can live at peace with our fellow man. This is just a fringe benefit. The primary goal of God in giving us the Bible is to restore unto us our relationship with God, which was a broken relationship from the day that we were made in our mother’s womb. This broken relationship caused us to be under the wrath of God, because of our sins, and would have led us to be condemned to Hell. But for all of us whom God intended to save, Christ came to suffer for us as a substitute in our place the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, and for this reason God will not send us to Hell for the second time. That is why we read in 1Cor 2:2, “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified”. All these things that I have mentioned in the past 5 minutes or so flow out of the expression “this generation”. The consequences of studying these verses containing the words, “this generation” have the additional result that the Premillennial doctrine of the glorious 1000 years that the Jews will be reigning with Christ from Jerusalem is absolutely anti-Biblical. The Lord Jesus says here in Matt 24:34 that this evil generation of Jews shall not pass from history until all these things, including the return of Christ and the end of the world, shall have been fulfilled.

Therefore, when we study the OT Scriptures, we must see there types  and figures of Christ and the church, for God says in Rom 15:4, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”. When we study the NT, and we see all these changes that have occurred when we pass from the OT to the NT economy, we must get into a new frame of mind and apply these changes to a new understanding of the OT Scriptures. It does not mean that we can let our imagination run wild, such as we often heard through the radio, but we must back up our OT to NT concepts with solid proof texts. Since the OT was not just a history book of God’s dealings with OT Israel (Rom 15:4), but the entire Bible was written to all people at all periods of time, we must in the OT find meaningful messages from God to us who are living in the NT time. Therefore, when we are studying the OT we do well not to ask our Hebrew neighbor what this or that means, but we are to ask God the Holy Spirit, by asking Him to teach us to compare Scripture with Scripture, like we have discovered things when we studied the expression “this generation”. And when you want to study the list of things that were changed by passing from the OT to the NT, you would do well by not just listening to the words of this sermon, but by reading the text from our website. Let us now continue in Matt 24:36, and ask ourselves what the meaning is of this statement here. We read h.

#2.       No One, But My Father Only (Matt 24:36,42,44, Mark 13:32, John 3:13,  Deut 29:29, Prov 25:2)

Mt 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This verse has been abused by many who are continuing to pry into a specific date for the Lord’s return. They want to know approximately, or precisely, when the Lord returns to take us home in the rapture, so that they would be ready when He comes. They claim that the Lord has commanded us to search the Scriptures to arrive at such a date. And they claim that the Lord did not state Matt 24:36 as a time reference, but as a reference to the Lord’s experience. Keep the sticker here in Matt 24, and please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel of Mark, Mark 13:32 (2X). We find the same event described in Mark 13 but containing a little more information. The Gospel of Luke does not mention this statement about “No Man Knoweth the Day or the Hour”. We read here in Mark 13:32, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father”. Their reasoning is as follows: If no man knoweth that day and that hour when Judgment Day has come, and even the Lord Jesus Christ who is identified as being one with the Father does not know when Judgment Day will be, then it must mean that this does not refer to the judgment on the last day, but it refers to the judgment that fell on Christ in AD 33 on the cross. For only God the Father knew how much the Lord Jesus was going to suffer, but from His reaction to seeing the amount of His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane we conclude that the Lord Jesus Himself did not know it until He experienced it. And thus Mark 13:32 and Matt 24:36 do not refer to a time reference. But is this a valid conclusion? Let us look at the context of Matt 24:36. Please turn again to Matt 24:36 (2X). Verse 35 contains a time reference to the end of the world. Verse 34 contains a time reference to the end of the world. Verse 33 contains a time reference to almost the end of the world. Verse 37 contains a time reference to Judgment Day in the days of Noah. Verse 38 also contains a time reference to almost Judgment Day in the days of Noah. Verse 39 contains a time reference to Judgment Day both in the days of Noah as well as on this earth’s last day. Verses 40 and 41 contain time references to the rapture on the last day. And so, from the context it is absolutely certain that Matt 24:36 is a time reference: “No Man knoweth the Day or the Hour”. Now, to rub it in that this is absolutely a time reference, God expects us find also Matt 24:42 (2X), where we read,

Mt 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

We must watch (and more about that later) for no one knows when the Lord will come. Drop down to:

Mt 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

When no one expects Him, that is when the Lord will come. And so, what do we conclude from Matt 24:36 and 42 and 44? What principles do we derive from these verses? First of all, “No Man Knoweth the Day or the Hour”. No man can know it or derive it from the Bible. It is just too confusing and too complex to derive it from the Bible. We will get lost in all kinds of possibilities, or we arrive at a series of absolutely wrong doctrines so that we drag our fellow man with us into the abyss of false witnesses. Secondly, when no one expects Him that is the time when the Lord shall come. Thirdly, when we want to understand Mark 13:32 we must first have a proper understanding of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. When God the Son by the authority of God the Father, under the influence of God the Holy Spirit, chose to fertilize one egg in the womb of the Virgin Mary, God the Son united Himself with this elect person in the egg of Mary, and this unity of both fully God and fully man was the man Christ Jesus. When the Lord Jesus spoke we always have to ask ourselves if He was speaking from His humanity side or from His Divinity side. For example, when the Lord Jesus said in John 3:13, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven”, we understand that He was speaking from His Divinity side, because only as God the Son could He be on earth as well as in heaven. And so, when we want to understand what the Lord Jesus said in Mark 13:32, we must understand that He was speaking from His humanity side. He said, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father”. Only if He was speaking from His humanity side could He make a statement like this. If He spoke from the vantage point of God the Son, we know that He and the Father are one, and in order to give the man Christ Jesus the proper instructions of whose sins He should pay for, the triune God has seen down the corridors of time all the sins that mankind will commit, and out of this all the sins that His elect were going to commit down to the last second of this earth’s existence. These were all the sins that the man Christ Jesus would have to atone for when He suffered beginning on Thursday evening in the Garden of Gethsemane until Friday afternoon at about 3 O’clock. And thus, God the Son knew exactly the time of the end, down to the last second, just like God the Father knew it, for when the Lord Jesus spoke of His Divinity side He said, “I and the Father are one”. And so, if the highest person of the human race, the man Christ Jesus, the only Son and most beloved of the Father, the one who stands as our Mediator between God and man, did not know the day or the hour when He would return to this earth to be the Judge of all mankind, then who are we to claim that we can derive from the Bible when the Lord’s return is. It is the pinnacle of arrogance and pride. And God will judge this act of pride, for it is no small matter. God says in Deut 29:29, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law”. What are the secret things? When the Lord Jesus said in Matt 24:36, “No Man Knoweth the Day or the Hour”, in essence He said, “No man can know the day or the hour, for this is one of the secret things that belongs unto the Lord our God”. Instead, we should get busy with all kinds of other things that are revealed. For God also said in Prov 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter”. If we search out those things that are concealed in the Word of God, and we bring them out and share these with our brethren in Christ, then we bring glory to God, and we do those things that are pleasing in His sight. This is what we should be doing, instead of prying into those matters that are actually forbidden territory. Let us now continue with Matt 24:42, where we read:

This too is a verse that has been badly twisted around. What did the Lord Jesus mean by this? Matt

Mt 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Definitely the Lord did not mean that we would watch all the things in the Bible and derive from it the date when the Lord Jesus would come. Instead, this verse tells us the two subject matters that are linked in this verse. #1, we must watch and be ready. #2, we must always be ready, for we do not know when the Lord will come. Exactly the same admonition is found in Matt 25:13. Please drop down to Matt

25:13 (2X). The Lord said this at the end of the Parable of the Ten Virgins. He said in Matt 25:13,

Mt 25:13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Again the primary admonition is: “Watch therefore”. The verses preceding Matt 24:36 are concerning the rapture, some are taken and some are left. The verses preceding Matt 25:13 are concerning the five wise virgins and the five foolish virgins; the five wise virgins are taken, and the five foolish virgins are left. Those who are left were not ready to meet their Lord and Maker. They were not watching. Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 12:35 (2X). What then does the Lord mean when He says to us “Watch therefore”? Look at the example of the five wise virgins, or at those who are taken in the rapture. Does it not mean that they were saved? Yes, they were saved, and that is why they will forever be with the Lord. When we are saved we will certainly watch and pray that we do not enter into temptation. The Lord Jesus told His disciples this in the Garden of Gethsemane, but they could not; God did not allow it, because the Lord Jesus had to bear His burden alone. But we know that in this life we get dirty, and we must watch and pray not to fall into those sins whereby we will get extremely dirty, for that is not being a good witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. God gives us an example of this in Rom 13. God says in Rom 13:13-14, Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. In other words, let us walk honestly since we are in the day, meaning we are walking in the spiritual light of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in the night, which is symbolic for being unsaved. And so, we watch and pray that we do not live for the satisfying of the flesh.

The lord Jesus said something that amazes me here in Luke 12:35-37, about the subject of watching

Lu 12:35-37  Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

In other words, to be watching means to be ready when the Lord comes. Spiritually we must have our loins girded and our lights burning, so that we are ready at any time when our Lord returns. The words “that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately” do not imply that we must accept the salvation that Christ so generously provides, for we play no role in the decision of our salvation. Rather, Christ makes the selection where He will knock, for He will not knock on everybody’s door. But look now at the lovely words of verse 37. When the Lord comes and He will find some of us watching and waiting for Him, He will call us “Blessed”, and shall make us sit down at His banquet in the NH&NE, and He will personally come and serve us. What a blessed state to be served by the One who created us for His glory, and what a fabulous banquet it will be. Amazing Grace!

AMEN.     Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.