Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Matt 24: 29-51
Today’s text addresses the following: The Glorious return (29-31) Parable of the Fig Tree (32-41) Exhortations to watchfulness (42-51)
Christ foretells His second coming. Every time the world goes through a trial or turmoil like what we have seen during the pandemic or war situation like in Ukraine, it reminds us of the Bible prophecies and the second coming of Christ. As we observe Passion week, the love (agape) and sacrifice of Christ for humankind, we must prepare ourselves for His glorious return. Concerning Christ's second coming, it is foretold that there shall be a great change, in order to make all things new. Then they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds. Sooner or later, all sinners will be mourners; but repenting sinners look to Christ and mourn after a godly sort; and those who sow in those tears shall shortly reap in joy. The elect of God are scattered abroad; there are some in all places, and all nations; but when that great gathering day comes, there shall not one of them be missing. Will we be found among the elect? Men of the world (us) scheme and plan for generation upon generation here, but they (we) plan not with reference to the overwhelming, approaching, and most certain event of Christ's second coming, which shall do away every human scheme, and set aside for ever all that God forbids. Secondly, to the eternal judgment. Christ here shows the state of the old world when the flood came. They were secure and careless; they knew not, until the flood came; and they believed not. What words can more strongly describe the suddenness of our Savior’s coming! Am I prepared to meet Him? Can I stand before Him? And what, in fact, is the day of judgment to the whole world, but the day of death to every one? Lenten season is a good time of the year to reflect on our lives and make necessary corrections by spending time (meditation) with our Lord.
To watch for Christ's coming, is to maintain that temper of mind which we would be willing that our Lord should find us in. Our Lord's coming will be happy to those that shall be found ready, but very dreadful to those that are not. If a man, professing to be the servant of Christ, be an unbeliever, covetous, ambitious, or a lover of pleasure, he will be cut off. Those who choose the world for their portion in this life, will have hell for their portion in the other life.
May our Lord, when He comes, pronounce us blessed, and present us to the Father, washed in His blood, purified by is Spirit, and fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
Thought for the day
Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God – William Carey
Immanuel MTC, VA