November 20, 2019

Are You Ready?

Matthew 24:32–51

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The Lesson of the Fig Tree

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

No One Knows That Day and Hour

36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son,1 but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant,2 whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 48 But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants3 and eats and drinks with drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know 51 and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Footnotes

[1] 24:36 Some manuscripts omit nor the Son
[2] 24:45 Or bondservant; also verses 46, 48, 50
[3] 24:49 Or bondservants

Are You Ready?



Key Verse | Matthew 24:44

"Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."

Bio | Samantha Victor

HEYYY, PARTY PEOPLE! 

Whenever I tell people that I am from Kentucky, it is usually followed up with, "Do you love fried chicken?" or "Did you grow up on a horse farm?", and the answer to both of those questions is "No." BUT what I am proud of is going to the #1 basketball school of all time (GO CATS!). By the grace of God, He brought me to the great State of Texas (#texasforever) where I love getting to be a part of Watermark Urgent Care Clinic, Kaleidoscope, community groups, and so many more fun things!

Central Truth

Jesus will come back; and even though we don't know when, we can be ready.

Devotional | Matthew 24:32–51

Have you ever been in a season of waiting, unsure of when something would happen? I can relate. I went through a season of unemployment. I applied to jobs online every day and received many rejection...

Have you ever been in a season of waiting, unsure of when something would happen? I can relate. I went through a season of unemployment. I applied to jobs online every day and received many rejection letters. I found myself asking time and time again, "WHEN, LORD?" In seasons of waiting, we don't just sit around and wait passively for the day to come—we take action and become ready for the day when it will happen. The same is true about when Jesus will return—we don't know when it will happen, but we can take action and be ready for His return.

In this passage Jesus is continuing to answer the question from the beginning of the chapter (Matthew 24:3) concerning the signs of his return—His second coming, when He will return to the earth to rule the nations and establish His kingdom. He tells the disciples that only the Father knows when He will return and then follows with the example of Noah, who was unaware of when the floodwaters would come. (I wonder if Noah was in a season of waiting, asking, "WHEN, LORD?") In the same way, we are unaware of when Christ will return. But the Lord calls for us to be ready in the midst of waiting.

You may be asking, "How can I be ready?" Even though His coming is a future event, we have many present-day implications, such as living with an eternal perspective here on earth, loving God and others wholeheartedly, and helping others prepare for His return. We have an urgent mission as believers—to proclaim the gospel to those around us. We can see the fate of the wicked servant who was not ready and how he would suffer as a result. The urgency of proclaiming this truth to others is of the most importance because eternity is at stake.

Don't wait until it's too late. The Lord's return will be a happy time for those who are ready and an unhappy time for those who have rejected Him. Are you ready?

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Discussion Questions

1. We are in a "season of waiting" for Christ's return, and we do not know when that will be. So what are you doing in the meantime? Are you passively waiting for His return, or are you taking action and making yourself ready?

2. In this passage we are given the example of two servants. Which servant do you relate to? The one who is faithful and ready for his master's return; or the one who is wicked and not ready, having taken matters into his own hands? If you relate to the wicked servant, what steps do you need to take to become ready for your Master's return?

3. If Jesus were to come back tomorrow, how would you live these next 24 hours? What would you do differently? What is keeping you from doing these things in your daily life now? 

4. Whom in your life do you need to tell of the good news of Christ and pray that they would become ready for the day of Christ's return?

5. To learn more about the second coming of Christ, check out sections 11 and 12 of Watermark's statement of beliefs and Pastor Todd Wagner's message on the second coming.

7 Comments available

Michael Scaman 17 days ago

The servant who kicked back and was taken by surprise by the return of ‘the son of man’ had a heart issue he was described as ‘wicked’.

He had the wrong treasure and he didn’t have the interests of his master in mind. He felt he had better things to do.

Michael Scaman 17 days ago

In Acts 1:7 “…it is not for you to know the day or the hour…” but “… you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…”

Don’t be so caught up in the schedule (which in some sense “is not for you to know”) but you can have the power to live.

JAMES HUTCHISON 17 days ago

Great word, and commentary, Sam!

We need to have a proper sense of urgency to share the only truth that matters: Jesus is savior, and he IS coming back, and soon!

Tyler Cupit 17 days ago

Jesus will return we don’t know when. Todd Wagner said,”don’t predict the dates of when he will return.” I know he’s coming back and I’ll ready and I hope many people are.

Greg Jones 17 days ago

I got to enjoy watching a new Cat play locally last year who is making an impact as a freshman this year. Love the services Watermark provides to the least in the area.

This morning I’m considering Matthew5:17-The mission

Matthew5:18-The timeline of the mission

Matthew5:19a-Therefore, Jesus goes about the rest of Matthew setting aside the least of these commands and teaching others to do likewise.

The book of Zechariah has scenes of heaven and earth that must fulfilled. Once fulfilled in heaven, once fulfilled on earth, whatever comes afterward will be new. In a reborn sort of way.

Matthew24:34-36 Who knows the time? Only the Father. Who has the words of the Father? Jesus. Rethinking this section of Matthew a little bit from how I’ve traditionally been taught.

Sue Bohlin 17 days ago

Thanks, Samantha.

I’m thankful for the reminder in today’s passage that God is always looking for faithfulness. 1 Corinthians 4:2–“It is required of a steward that he be found faithful.” I am so grateful that when I’m doing menial tasks, especially ones that nobody sees, out of a desire to be faithful, the Lord is paying attention. Faithfulness is a very quiet, non-attention-seeking virtue that is all about the One we’re being faithful to.

I just saw a quote that will be my Christmas 2019 calligraphy piece: “Live for the applause of the nail-scarred hands.”

Hugh Stephenson 17 days ago

GM Samantha - Love your key verse. It’s the one I centered on too.

Am I ready? My people pleaser wants to say “yes” and in many ways that’s true.

Am I truly “sold out” for Him? Again, more so than I was but I feel still far from home in my heart.

It is certainly truer than just a year or two ago but there is still much more of Jesus that I want. The discipleship ministries teach me that the blessings of a life completely and fully devoted to Jesus is immeasurable. My most earnest desire is to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him.

This is my question – If I was subject to a Job like experience and lost every single thing in life that gives me any earthly joy, would I then still proclaim Job 19:25-27? With joy in my heart?

John 15:10-11.

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