“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
Matthew 24:42

During the warm months of the year, ice cream trucks can be heard winding down the streets. Perhaps you’ve heard their familiar jingle coming down your street.

Even if you don’t live in town where there are ice cream trucks, you probably know what they are. Ice cream trucks pose a couple of challenges. First, you must watch for the truck in your neighborhood so you don’t miss it and disappoint your kids. Second, you have to keep alert for the danger that the truck poses, because you can’t just run out into the street. Keep alert! Watch!

God also tells us to keep watch. Jesus told his disciples that the last day will come when everyone least expects it. Once Jesus also made the point if the owner of the house had known at when a thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready. He has an order for us, “Stay alert!” Jesus will come again to judge the world at an hour when you do not expect him.

We don’t know when Jesus will come back from heaven. When he does, he is going to welcome those who are prepared for him. How do we prepare for his return? The one thing that prepares us for Jesus is faith. And faith comes by hearing and learning the good news of the salvation that Jesus accomplished for us.

Jesus came to die for the sinful things we have done. If you saw a neighbor’s child zooming heedlessly into the street, would you send your son into the street to get in the way of the oncoming ice cream truck—dooming your son, to save the other child?

What if that child had regularly disrespected you and vandalized your property? Would you give up your own son for such a defiant one? God did. He had his holy Son die in place of those who have disobeyed him—all of us. When he successfully completed the work of salvation, Jesus returned to heaven. He promised that one day he will return to take all of his believers home with him.

Watch! Jesus is coming. Keep alert!

Dear God,I don’t want to ignore your Word or be separated from you. Give me the wisdom and trust to see you and life with you as that than which there is nothing cooler or sweeter. 

In Preparation for Worship: 
John 5:19-30

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