Friday December 9, 2022
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Jesus looks forward with joy to the day of His returning.
But a shadow falls across His rejoicing. He fears that His friends will not be ready when He comes.
And, indeed, He has reason to fear.
Many of His friends are weighed down, by the cares of this life or by the deceitfulness of riches, and as a result the day will come upon them as a snare.
Here and there some awaken from their spiritual sleep and ask in bewilderment: “What should I do in order to be ready to meet Jesus?”
Listen now: what do you think you would do if you were informed that Jesus would be coming before the evening of this day?
You would no doubt find much to do. You would have to be reconciled to God, perhaps also to some people with whom you are living on unfriendly terms.
If so, I would advise you: do it immediately. For Jesus says that we should be ready at all times and seasons, for we know not when He will come.
Be thus reconciled; then you will be ready to meet the Son of Man. For it is only the precious blood of Jesus that can give you boldness to meet the Lord. Whether you live a hundred years or you meet Jesus today, it is only the blood of Christ that can cover your sin and save you in the judgment.
Many believers pass their time in fear lest they should not be ready when Jesus comes.
This fear is an unfruitful one, and is contrary to His will.
I am not to think of whether I shall be ready to meet Jesus tomorrow. I must make ready to meet Him today.
That is the secret, Jesus says, of being ready when he comes.
Amen, yea, come Lord Jesus!