“Keep Your Lamps Lit for Jesus’ Return”

July 30, 2017

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In Luke 12:35-36, Jesus talks about His return: ‚ÄúStay 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.” (ESV) Then Verse 43 gives an apt summation for those our Lord finds ready: “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” (ESV) Are these the end times? Yes! But they began with Jesus’ first coming and won’t culminate until His second coming. And what have we to do in the meantime? Plenty! Engaging in the Great Commandment while we carry out the Great Commission is a good start. We can be dressed for action, have our lamps burning bright, and still love our neighbors, tell them about Jesus, and cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He changes us into the likeness of Christ. That certainly seems better than building apocalyptic bunkers with freeze dried rations where we hide out until the coast is clear. Augustine may have said it best: “He who loves the coming of the Lord is not he who affirms it is far off, nor is it he who says it is near. It is he who, whether it be far or near, awaits it with sincere faith, stead-fast hope and fervent love.” Amen and Maranatha!

Bible References

  • Luke 12:35 - 48
  • 2 Peter 3:1 - 18