THURSDAY, MAY 23
SCRIPTURE: Luke 12:41-59
By: Jeremy Witt
As I stated at the end of our devotional, let me repeat this again. Be prepared for Jesus’ return. Just like we need a plan for bad weather, we need to be prepared for the LORD’s return. Let us be found faithful and ready!
From Genesis 2, we are called to be good stewards. A steward takes care of things whether that be animals, plants, home, property, etc but in this case, Jesus is referring to be spiritually prepared. We are promised a reward to the faithful stewards and vice versa for being unprepared in verse 46 and 47.
As I sit here, I have one eye on the radar, because possible storms may hit Stephens County and Grady County. I am paying attention. There are some meteorologists who are going crazy. There are some who are calm. But all are paying attention to the weather. The same is true for our expectation of the LORD’s return. We need to be watching for the signs or indicators. We have to use these signs effectively as well as to warn people of His return. Some may think we are crazy. Some may ignore the warnings. Some will take heed and prepare themselves. We have been told what is expected. Be faithful. Be obedient and diligent to stay true to our Master. We are to be watchful and use our skills, talents, resources, etc for this event. It will happen. We must be ready and alert. As Oklahomans, we should understand this better than most.
These next verses seem different coming from Jesus. Jesus refers to His baptism of suffering which we know as the crucifixion and the events leading up to His death. It seems to be sterner like a warrior rather than the sacrificial lamb as we read in verse 51. Jesus is preparing for what is to come, but also to give a picture of how He will return. At this moment, Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb who will take the sins of the world upon Himself. His next appearing will not be so appealing. Depending on your view of theology and eschatology, Jesus will appear first in the sky to call His own to heaven and then will come as the conqueror to defeat Satan and the AntiChrist. The timing of this is up for much debate, but when Jesus speaks this world, He is speaking to when He will come back as Revelation tells us. There will be disunity, not unity. Jesus quotes Micah 7:6 in verse 53.
Remember that Jesus is speaking these things to the disciples, not to the crowd. See verse 22 if you need to read this in its entirety together. Jesus turns back to the crowd in verse 54. The crowd could not handle all that Jesus spoke to the disciples. To be honest, the disciples couldn’t handle it at that moment and did not understand it until after the Resurrection. Granted many in the crowd had to hear at least bits and pieces of this conversation because Jesus turns to the crowd in verse 54 and speaks about signs in the weather. For the majority of people, they were farmers or tied to agriculture in a variety of ways. The right amount of sun and rain was critical for a successful harvest. Paying attention to the weather was critical for success in agriculture, and Jesus was telling the people of something significantly more important than their crop harvest. However, it should be noted that many people probably cared more about their crop than they did their faith as people do today with a variety of things. Just as the original hearers had to stay focused, we must do the same thing. If we focus on our finances as discussed earlier in the chapter, we can miss out on the spiritual harvest and Jesus’ return which can come at a moment’s notice.
Are we so focused on our own lives, or are we paying attention to what God is doing? Are we involved on His agenda or our own? Will we be prepared? Are we preparing now?