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Therefore Keep Watch

Matthew 25:13

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

RayMcDTherefore keep watch. Fifteen years ago we were dealing with the aftermath of 911. Radical Islamic terrorists – part of al-Qaeda – hit American soil by crashing hijacked passenger airliners into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon and without the brave actions of some Americans – they would probably have hit the White House as well. It took us all by surprise. We are still reeling from the impact. Our world has never been the same.

Therefore keep watch. Our world has never been the same after several surprises. Here are but a few of them. I’m including only a few of the events that have happened in my lifetime.

Therefore keep watch. Fourteen years ago – in October 2002 – the Beltway Shooter terrorized our area as ten people were killed and several others were critically wounded. Some people were afraid to go out of their homes until the capture of the Beltway Shooter – who terrorized the DC area.

Therefore keep watch. Thirty years ago the world was caught off guard when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up on take off on January 28, 1986. Our space program has never been the same after that disaster.

Therefore keep watch. Forty-eight years ago – on April 4 – 1968 – our world was shaken by the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. His message of change through non-violence was a movement among the races and yet hatred ended his life – but hatred didn’t silence the dream. The civil rights movement is still working for change – 48 years later.

Therefore keep watch. Nearly fifty-three years ago – on November 22 – 1963 – our world was shocked by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A nation cried. I remember watching his young son – John-John – salute the casket of his father as it passed by.

Therefore keep watch. We have been caught off guard a number of times in my sixty-one years and I imagine we will be again. But one surprise should not be able to catch us unprepared. Today’s passage talks about the end of life – the end of time even. We should be prepared for this coming – whenever it happens.

Therefore keep watch. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 25:1–13 – 1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Therefore keep watch. The time will come when our lives will end – either personally or cooperatively – when Christ returns. Are we ready? Are we placing our trust in Jesus? Are we striving to walk the walk as well as we talk the talk? Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Therefore keep watch. The time is coming!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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