Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
In studying Luke 12:35-39 together, we continue on from last week's theme of exploring what it means to prioritize God's kingdom over greed and worry. We don't need to restlessly fret over earthly matters; rather, we earnestly ready ourselves for the Lord's return. Jesus will come again at an unknown hour. Because we don't know exactly when he will return, we must prepare for His coming again in a state of constant readiness. This ongoing anticipation and longing for Jesus' return is an important way Christians must look above to the kingdom of God instead of being drowned by the worries of this world.
Luke 12:35-38 - "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves."
In light of Jesus' imminent return, we must become reconciled to God now. The only way to be right with God is through confessing that Jesus is the Son of God and that He paid a penalty that none of us ever could. May we continue confess Jesus as Lord and witness to others that they may also believe in Jesus. May we love God faithfully and guide others to believe in Him, too, with ever-growing urgency as Jesus' return draws nearer.
Lord, come soon.