Preparing for His Coming

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Watchful

 

Jesus shifts the emphasis from being worried about the present to being watchful concerning the future (v. 35). One of the best ways to have victory over hypocrisy, covetousness and worry is to look for the Lord’s return. Jesus taught His disciples that they should be ready because the Son of Man will come at a time when they will not be expecting Him. In this parable He describes a scene in which several servants are waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet (v. 36). In those days, in Bible lands, a groom would go forth to meet his bride at her father’s house and then return with her to his own home.

Since Jewish weddings were held at night the bridegroom’s servants would have to wait for their master to arrive and they were  never exactly sure when he would arrive. They just had to be properly attired and with their lights burning when they went out to meet the bridegroom (vv. 37-40). Just as the friends of the bridegroom waited eagerly for him to bring his bride back to his home where they could rejoice together, so we should maintain an attitude of expectancy as we wait for our Lord’s return.

Peter asks a question as to whether this parable was addressed only to the disciples or to everyone (v. 41). The answer shows that it was intended for all believers. The obedient servant will be blessed and rewarded (vv. 42-44), but the  servant who disobeys will suffer punishment (vv. 45-48).

Application

 

If I knew for sure that in 30 days time Jesus was coming and I would have to give an account of my life, what would I do differently than I am doing now?

Luke 12:35-48 (English Standard Version)

"Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Peter said, "Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?" And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more."

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