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S (SCRIPTURE): Matthew 25:6 & 13
“At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’
13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
O (OBSERVATION): Jesus calls us to be ready! We are to prepare our lives in such a way that when Jesus comes back, we are ready to meet him.
A (APPLICATION): "Jesus is coming, look busy." Theologically incorrect bumper stickers always get me. Jesus does not ask us to look busy, he asks us to 'keep watch' and 'be prepared.' It also gets me when the predictors call themselves prophets, somehow confusing the two. I was in NYC when the one guy claimed the end of the world would come on May 21st. I greeted his followers in the subway station and read them this passage. EVEN JESUS DOESN'T KNOW....are you suggesting your leader is BETTER than Jesus? Not that I liked confrontation but I did like insisting on the authority of scripture and Jesus.
Lent is a good time for reflection on your own preparedness. That was the one gift of all the predictors, including the Mayans, they get us talking about our lives in preparation for when Jesus does return. In preparation for Jesus to take up his cross, we get a plain view of our own. That is discipleship after all. In preparation, we are not called to look busy, but when Jesus does come back, we will come out and meet him....a glorious event if there ever will be!
P (PRAYER): Come Lord Jesus!