READ : Mark 13:32-37
Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. (v. 33)
Somewhere driving around Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a
rusty blue Plymouth with a bumper
sticker that says: In Case of the Rapture, Grab my
Steering Wheel! That fellow may not be
Reformed in his thinking, but he is acting on the
premise that God is still a factor in
human affairs. When we stop expecting Christ’s return,
we concede that we don’t really
believe God remains a factor in human history.
The early church believed in the imminent, any-day
return of Christ. This reflected a
belief that needs to be resurrected in our day: the
belief that God still affects life
today and that in the end, God will have his way with
this wayward world.
Let this percolate in your head: Jesus Christ has a
future. He is not just a great
figure of the past, like Plato, or Confucius, or Abraham
Lincoln. Jesus is not just a
sacred memory; he is a living Lord. And he will come
again. Maybe even today. This world
has not seen the last of Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus will come again. He is not glued to his seat at
the right hand of the Father.
Most of the verbs in the Apostles’ Creed are in the past
tense: “conceived, born, suffered,
crucified, dead, buried.” But the creed also speaks in
the future tense: “From thence he
shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” He shall
come. Jesus has a future. “Therefore
stay awake, for you know not when the master of the
house will come.”
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.