“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:32 – 34)
Back several days when we were considering the Old Testament passage I said that the contrast between the Isaiah passage and the Genesis passage could teach us a lesson – the people of Israel/Judah seemed less likely to relate directly to the Lord God than those people before the formation of kingdoms. Jesus is talking directly to his inner circle of disciples – as the Lord God talked to Abraham. While it was a slow lesson, Abraham learned that if he placed his trust completely in the Divine his “treasure”, ie legacy, would be save. In a manner of speaking, the disciples’ legacy was also kept safe when trusting everything to the Lord God Jesus Christ. Jesus instructs his disciples (and those who heed the words) further.
“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.” (Verses 35 – 38)
Now we may set this terms of end times – it is to do so when we think about Jesus as the returning Master. But as the biblical commentators explained it to me, it is not Jesus returning to the earth but we being called to Jesus the Divine Lord God. That is, our death. Do not wait, beloved reader, until you are staring your mortality to follow the Divine. Start following the Divine now! Have your lamps lit – show forth Christian acts and kindness. You know what it expected as followers of the Lord God, so do that!
“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” (Verses 39 – 40)
Now here I must admit that it sounds more “Second Coming” like. But remember that at this point Jesus had not died yet, so the disciples really had no inkling that the “Son of Man” needed to come back. The biblical commentators think that Jesus is alluding to his death, resurrection, and return; that comes from knowledge of what is going to happen . . . . that I am reluctant to credit to the disciples. However without that readily handy rationale it is hard to figure out what Jesus meant. Maybe we are putting too much emphasis on the “return” of the Son of Man. If the master of the household goes on a journey and then returns, maybe the disciples just assume that Jesus might travel to another area and then come back to see if the disciples were following the teachings the Divine laid out. It could be as simple as that.
And if we take that line of reasoning, maybe it is likened to when the Lord God visited Abraham. Or the Holy Presence of the Lord God came into the Holy of Holies. Yes, I could see that. We know, beloved reader, and we take these words at greater preponderance because Jesus left the earth so dramatically and has been gone so long. Therefore, the Divine’s return would be a greater, MUCH GREATER, event. But still, it could be at any time. Will you be ready?