“Watch” Mark 13:32-27

Mark 13:32-37 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34 It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. 35 “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back — whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36 If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37 What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'”
Marco 13:32-37  “Quanto a quel giorno o a quell’ora, nessuno li sa, neppure gli angeli del cielo, neppure il Figlio, ma solo il Padre. 33 State in guardia, vegliate, poiché non sapete quando sarà quel momento. 34 È come un uomo che si è messo in viaggio dopo aver lasciato la sua casa, dandone la responsabilità ai suoi servi, a ciascuno il proprio compito, e comandando al portinaio di vegliare. 35 Vegliate dunque perché non sapete quando viene il padrone di casa; se a sera, o a mezzanotte, o al cantare del gallo, o la mattina; 36 perché, venendo all’improvviso, non vi trovi addormentati. 37 Quel che dico a voi, lo dico a tutti: “Vegliate”».
     As further teaching about the return of the Lord, Jesus first deals with what are the signs of His coming and then the aspect of when this will happen. The answer is purposely not definitive: “No one knows”. The only one that knows is the Father. In the incarnation of Jesus, He willingly accepted the temporary limitation as a human by completely submitting to the will of the Father. In the sense of urgency, Jesus uses the strong imperative language by saying, “Be on guard! Be alert!” The church today seems to have a laissez-faire attitude to these prophetic words of Jesus. This message is not isolated and recurs throughout the New Testament.
     The coming of the Lord will commence a series of events that will dispense both judgment and deliverance. Whether referring to the tribulation, the return of the Lord or the millennial rule, both judgment for sin and deliverance is the outcome.  
     Finally, the parable of the absent house-owner emphasizes the misdirected idea of setting a date for the events to begin. The owner of the house plans on returning and lays out a plan for each servant who cares for the house. The conclusion ends with one word: “Watch”. It is not the same Greek word used in verse 33. This word simply means “to be vigilant” in addition to the previous words that mean to be aware and to watch. All of these words accentuate that this life journeys toward judgment or redemption and we must be ready. 
Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded once again that I need to be vigilant about my life and future. Help me to always live a righteous life knowing that You could come at any time.

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