(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

Matthew 24:38-39, “For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

People, today, are not expecting Jesus to come back. They are busy doing what they do, just like they did yesterday, like they did last year. Even church folks, for the most part, plan as if Jesus is never coming back. They just figure they will die when they get old and then they will go to heaven. The irony is, that’s precisely one of the signs that Jesus will come back.

“In the last days scoffers will come...They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has.” – 2 Peter 3:3-4

Precisely, everything does go on as it has. That is, in fact, a sign that he is coming. People will eat and drink, marry and give in marriage, and do what they routinely do, up to the day Jesus returns. And, they will not suspect a thing. That is when they should.

Jesus said he will come on a day and at an hour, people will not expect, like a thief. When we pick up a paper and read a wedding announcement, when we see a flyer promoting a new entree at a restaurant, when we are walking along on a sunny afternoon, whistling a happy tune, without a care in the world, that’s when he will come.

His coming is a good thing. It is a great thing! Those who love Jesus are longing for his appearing. Jesus said that the rest of the people, who don’t long for his appearing, need to get ready, because they won’t know he’s on his way, until they see him arrive.

“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.”

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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