Ready For The Thief
My two friends were completely surprised. They were both preachers, but one was a former Special Forces soldier and the other was a skilled basketball player. If they would have had any idea that after the evening meeting when they pulled up into the driveway and stepped out of the car that a gang of thieves would grab them, put hoods over their heads, and take them inside, tie them up in two chairs, and then make them listen while they robbed the house, they would have been ready. But they had no idea.
Thieves enter our homes to rob. Jesus, the Son of Man, will come to give us a new home filled with treasures that thieves can’t touch. The thief comes to hurt and destroy. For all those looking for His coming, Jesus will bring us the ultimate restoration of all things. This illustration comparing thieves stealing and Jesus coming is strange. The only common link between the thief in the night and Jesus’ coming is that in both cases we have no idea when it might happen.
“Now get this: If the home owner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you don’t expect him.” Luke 12:39-40
Miraculously, the thieves did not take the lives of either of my friends. After robbing the house, they left them bound and hooded but with their most valuable possession—their lives. The owner of the house immediately installed a high steel fence, a state of the art security system, and guards who now patrol not only his house, but also the surrounding neighborhood. Count on one thing, thieves will not surprise him again. I pray that I will not be surprised by Jesus’ coming.
LORD, thank you that unlike a thief, Your coming doesn’t take precious things away but gives us those heavenly treasures You said earlier in the passage would never decay. Thanks for protecting my friends, but thank you even more for the fact that there will be no more stealing or assaults when You are in charge in person on this earth.
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