Matthew 24:42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord will come.
This text is a part of a parable that Jesus gave to His disciples concerning the signs of His 2nd coming.
Jesus told His disciples of many signs to look for concerning the end times. He also told them about their need to be "watchful" for His 2nd coming, which is not known by anyone but God the Father.
The driving point of this entire text is the guarantee of Christ 2nd coming . When? No one knows, but one thing of a surety is that it WILL happen.
The word "watch" is the Greek word gregoreo, which means to keep awake, to be alert, to be vigilant. In other words, to be constantly on guard.
Jesus is telling His disciples to be watchful, to be constantly on guard, for God’s Word concerning His second coming will come to pass. Take no thought about it not happening, for He is assuring them that it would happen.
Just like the disciples, we Christians today are being given the same command to be “WATCHFUL”, be alert, be vigilant and constantly on guard for the 2nd coming of Christ.
42-Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord will come. 43-But know this, that if the owner of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not have let his house be broken into. 44-Therefore you also must be ready, for in an hour when you least expect, the Son of Man is coming.
The time to get grounded and rooted in the word of God is now. Every Word uttered from God's mouth has, still is and will continue to come to pass.
Regardless, if the second coming of Christ is in our lifetime or not, we are to live each day being constantly on guard for we do not know when the second coming of Christ will be, nor when our last breath will be drawn.
The command to the disciples back then and to us today is to be "watchful” for the 2nd coming of Christ will not be like the first.
At Christ first coming, He came as “Savior” of the world and this time He is coming back as "Judge". He will separate the wheat from the tares. Those who will spend eternity with Him and those who will spend it apart from Him.
Yes, the separation of the wheat and the tear, the sheep and the goat will happen at Christ 2nd coming.
Let's listen to what scripture has to say about it in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
If you are not ready to meet Christ, now is the time to get ready!
In vs#43-44 Jesus tells a story to show the comparison between a man who is watchful and vigilant and one who is not.
Let’s listen to Vs# 43-44-But know this, that if the owner of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for in an hour when you least expect, the Son of Man is coming.
One who is watchful is guarding his soul in obeying the commands and warnings written in the Word of God while the other is giving no thought to his soul because he or she has been lead to believe that because Christ has not yet come, it will not happen.
The call then and now is to always be watching and praying so that we would be able to escape the coming judgment.
This text clearly states and increases the need to be watchful.
Jesus gives a strong comparison between those who are watchful and those who are not.
The watchful ones are those who are put in charge of the Master’s goods according to vs#47-Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
Those who are not are not watchful and faithful will have their reward too according to vs # 51-He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Word of God reveals Jesus Christ as “SAVOIR” to all who would put their trust in Him and it also reveals Jesus Christ as "JUDGE" to all those who put their trust in themselves, other things and other people.
Jesus says to His disciples, “when you see the signs approaching, wars, rumors of wars, nations rising against nations, earth quakes in diver places, etc., the end is not yet, but the time of preparation to meet Christ is now.
The people that Noah preached to did not believe the warnings from God. Many do not believe what I too am saying to the nations today, but as Noah was, I too am only a servant of God giving you what "thus says the Lord".
As the people of Noah's day, you too have a choice which will result in the saving or loosing of your life in the end.
Matthew 24:37-39-But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 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, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
If we are watchful and faithful, we will escape judgment. If not, we will suffer the wrath of God.
Are you being watchful? Are you ready to meet Christ?
You do know that Christ is coming back right? You know He is coming back as “Judge” right?
What are you doing? Are you standing in the watchtower looking for the Master? Or, have you chosen to fall asleep and be caught off guard?
Where are you on this morning concerning Christ and His 2nd coming?
There are only 2 options. To obey in being watchful or to disobey and deny the truth of Christ 2nd coming. Both will be rewarded.
Regardless of where we may be in our opinion concerning the 2nd coming of Christ, God’s Word clearly states that it will happen!
Are you ready? Are you watchful?
Jesus’ command for you and I on today is to “WATCH”! Be alert, be vigilant and constantly on guard for no man knows the day nor the hour when Christ will return.
Our assurance on today is that “CHRIST 2ND COMING WILL HAPPEN”!
Will you be ready or will you be caught off guard?