Worship Service 27 November 2016
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
November 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Matthew 24:36-44
Subject
The Hope of Restoration
Description

Scriptures:

Isaiah 2:1-5;

Psalm 122:1-9;

Romans 13:11-14;

Matthew 24:36-44

 

Matthew 24:36-44                 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Necessity for Watchfulness

36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 For as the days of Noah were, 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 Noah entered the ark, 39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day[b] your Lord is coming. 43 But understand this: if the owner 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 unexpected hour.

                                   Pastor's Summary of Matthew 24:36-44

Speaking to his followers, Jesus has foretold the destruction of the Temple; he has told them the signs of the coming of the end times (in terms used in contemporary literature.) In the suffering and trials which will precede the End, society will break down, "many will fall away" (v. 10, from the faith) but "one who endures to the end will be saved" (v. 13. After these events, the "Son of Man" (vv. 27,30) will come "with power and great glory".  This will mark the beginning of a new era, a new way of being. Followers should discern signs of the second coming of Christ (vv. 32-35).

But (v. 36), we do not know precisely when that coming will be, and neither does Jesus. The situation will be like that before the Flood: people were preoccupied with earthly matters (v. 38). When the Flood came, a small number "entered the ark" and were saved, but many drowned. The dawn of the new era will also be like this; Jesus gives two examples: of men (v. 40) and of women (v. 41). Some will be "taken" to be with Christ (becasue they are prepared) but others will be "left". V. 43 is an other example, "Keep awake" (v. 42) to the will of God: be ready for Christ's second coming!