11/27/19

Our scripture this week is Matthew 24:36-44.

40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Matthew 24:40-41

We have so many questions about what it will be like when Jesus returns. This scripture says “one will be taken and the other left”. That’s fine but what does it mean? What will it be like for those who are taken and left? What happens after that?

Jesus doesn’t give us specifics about this, but He does promise to return. I imagine He shakes His head at our questions, wanting a human understanding of something we can’t comprehend. What He does tell us is to focus on now. If we want to be the one that is taken up then, we need to pay attention to what Jesus has taught us and apply it in our lives today.

John the Baptist said that we must “produce fruit worthy of repentance” (Matthew 3:8). We know we can’t “earn” our way into heaven but that we must show by the way we live that we believe in what Jesus taught us. Jesus expects us to live new lives in Him and for Him, showing others by our loving actions the way to salvation through Him.

Loving Lord, we are grateful that You came to teach us and save us. May our lives be our testimony to the truth of Your mercy, loving others as You first loved us. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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