This sermon was based on Mark 13:32-37.
No One Knows That Day or Hour
32″But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
Staying Spiritually Awake
- We are told 4 times in this passage to stay awake. What are we staying awake for?
- We are staying awake for the day of Jesus return.
Just because we do not know the time, date and hour of when Jesus is to come, we should not use this as an excuse not to think about it, rather, we should be thinking about it all the time. We should be preparing ourselves and the world around us for Jesus return.
Preparing for Jesus Return
- To prepare for Jesus return we must show humility and whilst we consider that the return of Jesus may come at any moment or we are to be called home at any time we must focus on today.
Our threat comes in the form of apathy, of meandering along and losing our focus on what is important. Our threat comes from falling asleep on Jesus.
But were told in this passage to stay awake and prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ. And to do this, we need to examine our hearts.
3 Signs of Spiritual Slumber
- The first sign that you are falling asleep on Jesus is growing sense of cynicism. To stop cynicism we need to look at the bigger picture and imitate Jesus.
- Distrust – losing our fear of God and stopping trusting that he is in control.
- The final warning sign is doubt. When we are falling into a spiritual slumber, it is the doubt regarding God’s promises that really start to grow. We counter this by owning the promises, standing on them and claiming them for ourselves.
- There is nothing else that we can do to prepare for Jesus’ return apart from prepare ourselves. Wake up to a life of excitement. Wake up and commit yourself to God. There are exciting journeys of faith for each individual and God wants us to wake up and partner in those with him. God wants us to separate ourselves from our smartphones, TV’s and computer screens and sit in his shadow, to abide and rest in him.
- God wants us to commit ourselves to him because life is uncertain and today represents an opportunity to get right, start watching and stay awake.