(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.”
Jesus said, “up to the day Noah entered the ark,” people went on with their lives. It took Noah several years to build the ark. Noah warned people all that time about the coming flood. It didn’t matter.
“Up to the day Noah entered the ark,” people acted like it would never happen. “Up to the day Noah entered the ark” people willfully went on doing what was right in their own eyes and ignoring the big boat in their backyard.
Jesus told His listeners that His coming will also catch people willfully unaware.
People today have heard that Jesus is coming back, their whole lives. However, people go on like it will never happen. They continue to ignore the big boat in their backyard. They keep fussing over things, that won’t matter one second after Jesus returns.
People fuss about so many temporary, earthly details, magnifying their importance, while forgetting what is eternal. Jesus has told us there is one thing that is necessary in life, being with Him, loving Him.
Why are people continuing to fuss and focus on temporary things that won’t last? Why aren’t they surrendering it all to Jesus, seeing that His return is near?
Jesus said to seek His kingdom. Jesus said His kingdom is not of this world, or his servants would fight. People who fuss over this world are showing where their kingdom lies, in this world.
Apparently, according to Jesus, they will keep on doing it until the very day He returns. Will that be you?
John Curtis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org