Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 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. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Recent events have been replete with predictions of rapture and judgment day. Many have responded with this passage saying that no one knows the day. But few go further and speak to the way that Jesus speaks in this passage about Noah and the ark. As a reminder I give you this passage concerning the times of Noah from the sixth chapter of Genesis:
"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart."In referencing the times of Noah our Lord speaks to the condition of humanity at the time of his return to planet earth. When he comes his mission will be one of judgment for a depraved humanity. Yet for some, like Noah who found favor in the eyes of the Lord, his return will be a mission of redemption and salvation from societal depravity.
Jesus concludes by telling his listeners, and us, to stay awake spiritually. He warns us that we must be ready. That, I think, is our central message - any day could be our last.. we could die or he could return much sooner than we think. In light of this we must treasure each day that we have been given and purpose to live in ways that are pleasing to God.
I confess that I am weak Lord. Help me to be ready and to honor you in everything I do.