suddenly, not soon


November 2015 (22)Mark 13:32-37

32 “But as for that day or hour no one knows it–neither the angels in the sky, nor the Son–except the Father. 33 See to it that you keep watch, because you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey. He left his house and put his slaves in charge, assigning to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to stay alert. 35 You stay alert, then, because you do not know when the owner of the house will return–whether during evening, at midnight, when the rooster crows, or at dawn– 36 or else he might find you asleep when he returns suddenly. 37 But I am telling you what I tell everyone: Stay alert!”

suddenly, not soon

The referent has changed again. Now Jesus is answering the question about his coming. He makes a point that he will be gone a long time, describing the interval time like a house owner who goes away, and puts his servants in charge until he comes back. If the house owner were coming back soon, he would not have to do that. But the warning has to do with the way in which the house owner returns. He will return suddenly, with no letters or signs or messengers to announce himself.

Our message to a world who keeps trying to forget Jesus is that his is coming back. We will get no forewarning. He will appear suddenly to take back what is rightfully his. His servants must stay alert, and keep serving in spite of the apparent delay.

LORD, make us wise in the way we serve your coming king.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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