Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This I Know

Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for West Side Church of Christ. Feel free to follow along.

I personally do not claim to understand everything Jesus talks about in Scripture. Today’s reading (Matthew 24) is one of those sections. Jesus describes what the end days will be like. For some these days look desperate. Jesus says that wickedness will increase, many will turn away from faith, love will grow cold, it will be dreadful for pregnant women and nursing mothers, nation will rise against nation, famines and earthquakes will take place, people will continue to marry and have children even as the flood waters come, and the list goes on and on. Jesus does not paint a happy picture.

Now some say we are living in that day. I do not know if I can agree or argue with that. I am not an eschatological (end times study) expert. But the picture Jesus paints at the end of this passage does provide comfort.

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.”

Friends, the end is going to come sometime. What side do you want to be on when it happens? Jesus says it is good for the servant to be doing what is asked of him when that time comes. He also says that those who aren’t will be thrown where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. We can stand confident that when the unknown hour approaches…when those dark days arise…that if we are in Christ, we will be on the side of hope, peace, and salvation.
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