My many thanks to both Mr. Brothers and this monthly magazine. (John B)
Someone once said: “It’s better to be prepared for events that don’t happen that to be unprepared for those that do”!
Note (JB): Dear READER, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT THAT IS SAGE ADVICE, AGREE?
THE FULL TITLE” How to work the SECOND COMING into your schedule.
MAYBE, You have not ever waited till you were out of clean shirts before you run another load of laundry. And perhaps you’ve not ever had to pick-up a bag of burgers and fries, because you made no plans for dinner. BUT…if you are like most people, you know what’s it like to put off something until the very last moment, and then be forced to work like a maniac in the hope that you can sneak in under the deadline
NOTE (JB): This is the very reason the U.S P.S. stays open until midnight of each April 15th!!!!
We ALL know what’s that like don’t we? Ditto for the crowded stores the day before Christmas. Is it the same reason why so many think getting ready for Christ’s Second Coming, is crazy?
Most true believers would like to be ready for that Great Day of His Return, and most of us realize that Christ’s return is also the last day…. of JUDGMENT with no second chances available, as per the Word of God, …>
NOTE(JB): The many words of men differs from the Word of God, thus we all must ask self: “Whose word is truth, the words of men or those from The Creator God, our Heavenly Father?” In other words who can give us eternal salvation, can men? NO! They can’t even save themselves, nor YOU and ME!!!
…> In short, most of us think about Christ’s Second Coming, in much the same way we do about a trip to the dentist for a root-canal job. Sure it’s on your calendar, and yes we should floss each day, but who has the time? After all the kids have got to go to school and you have to get a hair cut, go the back,, get some things a supermarket, balance my check-book, and have to explain to my brother-in-lay about when I can begin to pay him back that loan!
STRANGE, as it may sound successful procrastination requires successful planning. WHY? Because you can’t wait until the last moment to prepare unless you’ve got a pretty good idea of when that moment will be.
For example, if I told you that I’m putting off my holiday shopping until the day before Christmas, you might think I’m stupid: but if I told you I’m putting off buying car insurance until, the day BEFORE I have an accident, you’d know I’m an idiot! [ (JB) now PLEASE bear with me on this thinking……]
Christmas, is a set date. yes? We all know this in advance. We can probably even come close to predicting the first snowfall of the season, especially if I keep a careful eye and ear on the weather reports. I’ll know in advance and have time to prepare. But if I delay getting ready for Jesus to come, I’m betting that I’ll know IN ADVANCE when that day will be!
Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
NOTE(JB): IF…if anyone, anywhere, in any way, tells you they know even the year, they are doing Satan’s job of deceiving!
Christ’s Second Coming is more like love at first sight! Unexpected? Always inconvenient? Sometimes, Absolutely Wonderful? ONLY IF you are available! Only if you’re able to start something beautiful. Because if you are not… if you are already married with six kids and a 30 year mortgage, that love at first sight is only going to make you [and many others] only miserable.
Of course, if Jesus Second Coming is really is like falling in love, wouldn’t dare delay being prepared. You’d try to BE ready, at all time. And, in fact Jesus said this is precisely what we all should be doing. HE SAID WE MUST ALWAYS BE READY FOR HIS RETURN BECAUSE WE CAN’T POSSIBLY KNOW IN ADVANCE when HE’LL RETURN ANY MORE THAT YOU OR I OR ANYONE ELSE CAN KNOW IN ADVANCE WHO WILL WIN THE LOTTERY!
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Matthew 24:42-44 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
ILLUSTRATING THE POINT.
And just to drive the point home, Jesus told His followers, a man is surprised when his boss returns earlier than expected…
Matthew 24:45-51 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
In the second a group of ladies are surprised when the party begins later the they’d expected…
Matthew 25:1-13 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Both stories are about people who thought they knew when to be ready, and both were are horribly disappointed as a result. Granted. this makes God sound like your high-school algebra teacher who was always springing pop quizzes o n you, always hoping to catch you off guard. But please, take another look at those tests in Matthew 24 and 25. You’ll find that Jesus is more like the teacher who surprises his class by announcing, “If you’ve kept up your homework, I’;; give you an A for the semester with no final exam.”
Is that not GOOD NEWS? It is if you’ve kept up your homework! Bad news if you haven’t.
And that’s exact;y what Jesus tells us to do He did not tell us to buy a gun and a long, white robe. NO! He told us to endure– a word that describe your Grandma, toughing out a night job until she could get your Ma through school. He told us to take HEED words that describe my father looking over a contract to be sure I didn’t get swindled by the guy who sold me my first car. And above all, Jesus told us to WATCH–a word that describes my mother who’s caring for her child in a shopping mall.
These aren’t things you can easily do at the last minute after the kid has graduated, or after the contract is signed, or after the child gets lost!
TWO MORE ILLUSTRATIONS
Again, just to make sure we didn’t miss the meaning of His words– just to make sure we understand HOW to endure and HOW to take heed and HOW to watch– Jesus told two more stories.
The first a man leaves three employees in charge of the family business, while he goes om a trip Two of them, do well, a nd he rewards them upon his return. But the third man is so scared of doing something wrong that he does nothing at all, and the boss is so annoyed that he fires him—
Matthew 25:14-30 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou newest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtn’t therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Sound ominous to you? Then ask yourself why you identify with the third m,an? And read the next story—–
It’s a courtroom scene, and everyone is surprised by the verdicts. “What have we done to deserve this? they say. “You were kind to Me “Jesus replies to some, while to others He says, “You were not kind to Me.” Whatever you did for one i n need, you did to me, but the one in need that you ignored that also you did it ti Me.
Matthew 25:31-46 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hundered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee as hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
All this is Jesus telling you and me, what we must be doing to get ready for His return, He was only describing the type of people He wants to see when He returns!
HOW TO BE READY FOR JESUS TO COME, AGAIN.
People who are ready to meet Jesus don’t just sit around polishing their halos. They keep busy doing what they can to helping others. The Homeless, the addicted, the pregnant teen, the refugee, the people in hospice beds, as well as the three-year old needing a bed-time story.
The people most in need are those with very little time left, and those with little or no hope, or those with no more resources, But when we help them, we give them hope. Do you not remember the feeling you had, when you found a parking meters with still time on it? With a little human kindness, we can do amazing things for others, even perhaps it may make it easier for them to be ready to learn more about God!
Or to put all this in an other way, you’ll be ready to see Jesus when He comes again if you already see Jesus in everyone you meet!
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