"But Concerning That Day..." Matthew 24:32-44
“But Concerning That Day…”
This Week’s Core Belief: Eternity I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus Christ is returning to judge the earth and to establish His eternal kingdom.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
Scripture: Matthew 24:32-44
32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 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, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 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. 44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
The Message of this Passage:
“While Jesus was certain of His return, He didn’t know the exact time.
Consequently, His primary emphasis was on watchfulness.
This section is a call for faithfulness as we live in hope. Our motivation in the service of Christ is a meaningful relationship with Him, not a fear of the end and a resultant artificial approach to life. Jesus calls us to be disciples in the world, to serve in the world, to evangelize the world—not to stand apart waiting for His coming.
The section tells us that:
(1) no one knows the time of His coming;
(2) no specific signs mark out the time (vv. 37–39); and
(3) no change of involvement in the necessary pursuits of life are to preempt the final separation (vv. 40–44).
The emphasis in this last section is on preparedness, for although we associate freely in society we have a different relationship than the rest of society to the Master.
There will be a division coming for ‘one will be taken and the other left.’ While this is often spoken of as the “rapture,” the thrust is to ensure our being ready for His coming, for Jesus said He is ‘coming at an hour when you do not expect Him!’”
Therefore, we must be ready for Jesus’ return. Readiness, however, is not passive; rather it is active, we are to serve God actively, knowing that Jesus could come at any minute.
For Further Discussion:
What is the basic purpose of this chapter?
How does Daniel's prophecy (7:23-28; 9:24-27; 11:26-29) relate to this chapter?
Can we know when the Lord will come again?
How could Jesus not know the time (Matt. 24:36)?
Do you expect Jesus' return in your lifetime? Why?
How can we guard ourselves against complacency in regard to the second coming of Jesus? That is, as the years go by, how can we always keep before ourselves the reality and urgency of the Lord’s return?