February 21: Like a Thief in the Night (Matthew 24:36-51)
This Sunday Daniel Harman will continue the series Living as a Church at 9:00am in the youth room. Nik Lingle will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament book of Exodus).
New Song this Sunday
We'll be learning a new song this Sunday called Facing the Task Unfinished.
[We will consider the whole of verses 36-51, but only verses 36-44 are listed here. Click here for the full thing.]
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 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. (ESV)
His coming is certain. In the prior passage, Jesus spoke of his coming as lightning that comes from the east and shine as far as the west. After the heavens are shaken, Jesus will come on the clouds of glory to gather his people to himself forever. He assures us of the certainty of his coming saying, ‘heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.’ While his coming is certain, the timing is not. He says, ‘...but concerning that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven nor the Son but only the Father.’ Only God knows the timing of the end of all things but he calls us to be expectant and ready for his return. Are you ready for this day if it were to happen soon? What is the cost of not being ready? How does he call us to prepare ourselves? How can we help each other in this?
Review and Apply
1. Why do we love to predict the timing of the second coming? What does this say about us?
2. What is the comparison of the ‘as were the days of Noah’? How does this inform of view of the tribulation?
3. What distracts you the most from considering ‘the day’ with greater expectancy and urgency?
4. What makes the first servant faithful and wise? What points of comparison do you find in your life?
5. What makes the second servant wicked? What points of comparison do you find in your life?
6. What are you going to do different tomorrow because of this sermon?
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