“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on your guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.”
Fred could never understand why God didn’t tell people everything. “I think it would make us better,” he maintained. John contradicted his friend. “I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, God protected some information just because it could be misused.” This is true.
As Jesus prepared his disciples for the time he would complete his work on this earth, he wanted them to understand there are some things they will never know. This was especially true regarding the last day. He made it clear, no one had that knowledge. Even he didn’t have that knowledge because he chose not to have it during his state of humiliation. Still, wouldn’t it be better if this knowledge were not protected?
In his undeserved love the Lord chose to protect certain information about the last day. His concern was that I would misuse this knowledge. He would be right. Because of my sinful nature I would indulge myself right up to the time when the Lord would return. I would even feel secure in this destructive life style because I knew I would always have time to change. But would I?
This is why Jesus makes the last day and hour protected information. He also exhorts me to keep watch and be on my guard. Not knowing when Jesus will come suddenly turns my attention to what I need to be doing to be prepared.
In the time which remains I can dedicate myself to growing in his Word. I can dedicate myself to growing in the peace of his forgiveness. I can dedicate myself to a more faithful life of prayer and loving service. This will keep me focused and ready.
Although the day and hour of the Lord’s return is protected information, I can find great joy and peace in what I do know about my Savior, and how he prepares me for his return.
O gracious Lord, there are many things I do not know, but through faith I know you. Let this knowledge keep me ready for the day of your return. Amen.