Waiting And Watching

TEXT: MATTHEW 24:29-31, 36-44

Nothing else should be of greater importance to all believers than the imminent second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first phase of His coming is the rapture of saints which will be heralded by Christ’s appearance in the air and the catching up of prepared saints. At the second coming, His feet will rest on Mount Olivet and this event will usher in His millennial reign of righteousness and peace on earth.

The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of all the believers. Christ will come again literally and visibly – this is the promise given by Christ Himself before His ascension to heaven. Angels and the Apostles confirmed it (Acts 1:10; 2 Peter 3:10). Today, believers look forward with great eagerness to the day of Christ’s coming when all our sorrows will be wiped away and a new dawn of joy and peace will come from heaven.

As we expect His appearing, the word of God enjoins us to be watchful since He will come at a time we are not expecting. Watchfulness is a great pan of believers’ preparation. Failure to wait and watch will lead to serious disappointment and sorrow on that day. Waiting entails sobriety in all things. We must be on our guard always. Frivolity is unbecoming of a watchful heaven-bound believer because “…they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.” So, “…be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer” (1 Thessalonians 5:7; 1 Peter 4:7).

The Apostle Paul enjoins us to watch and stand fast in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13). The duty of watching is of paramount obligation aimed at all believers. We must watch out life, conversation, relationship with God and with men. We must give ourselves to fervent prayers and daily seek to do His will.

As we wait for His coming, our duty as believers is to reach out with the gospel to the millions of unsaved and careless souls around us. Knowing the terror of the Lord, we need to persuade men to come to Christ and receive eternal life before it is too late. “And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch.”

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