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As a youth, I enjoyed my adventures in the Boy Scouts of America. Our motto was “Be prepared.” It’s good advice. I wonder if Jesus inspired it.
Listen to Jesus’ words in Luke 12:35-40, “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (NIV 1984)
This parable introduces a couple of other themes about the second coming of Jesus. The predominate theme is judgement. This parable adds the unexpected timing of his return, like a thief in the night. Since we don’t know when he will return, we must be ready. Are you ready today? If not, get ready.
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