#DailyDevotion It’s Time To Get Aboard The USS Church
Matt. 2436“No one knows about that day or hour, not the angels in heaven, not even the Son, but only the Father. 37“When the Son of Man comes, it will be like the time of Noah. 38In the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, and men and women were marrying until the day Noah went into the ark. 39They learned nothing until the flood came and swept them all away. That’s how it will be when the Son of Man comes.
Well if anything we should realize that if Jesus, the Son of God, doesn’t know the day or the hour, sure as, well, certainly no huckster book selling, money scheming, belly lover evangelist does either. Anyone who tries to sell you a book or get you to put money into some sort of end of the world scheme who says they figured out from Scripture when the Last Day is, well they are false prophets, blasphemers of the first degree and agents of Satan. Every word out of their mouth should be considered the Devil’s vomit. If you’re just going to throw your money away, just send it to my paypal account firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make good use of it without any predictions other than the world is going to end soon and Jesus is coming to be our judge.
But if you want to know what the world is going to be like on the day and the days leading to that day, Jesus gives us a clue. In the days of Noah, despite Noah preaching repentance and the upcoming flood to end all floods, people went on about their daily lives. They eating and drinking, marrying and given into marriage, they were doing their jobs. THEN Kaboom, lightning strikes, it starts raining and then the flood and came and took them all away, men, women, children, and beasts. They did not believe Noah. They did not repent. They thought they were all just fine and good people. They were a lot like you and your neighbors.
Jesus says, that is how it will be when he returns. So like today he could return. Tomorrow, he could return. When he returns it will be like the flood. The angels of God will come with Christ and remove all that is wicked in the world, i.e. everyone who doesn’t have the life of Christ in them. Everyone who rejects Jesus will we swept away in judgment. Men, women, nursing children, everyone who does not believe and has rejected baptism will be taken away and be made food for birds. (Rev. 19) They didn’t believe the good news of Jesus Christ through his apostles and through his church. They rejected the calls for repentance of sins.
You don’t have to be swept away with the flood of avenging angels on the Last Day however. You could be aboard the boat of the Church; You, your spouse, your nursing babies. What does God require of you to get aboard this all expense paid luxury cruise of salvation? Admit your faults, confess your sins, your failings and your shortcomings against God and your fellow man. Trust the good news that whatever punishment you deserve for them has been taken care of by God’s Son, Jesus Christ through his death on the cross. Be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins, dying to your old life by being joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Continue in this faith until the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Not a terribly expensive price to pay or difficult things to do. But I’m not you. It’s works for me. I hope to see you aboard the SS Church.
Heavenly Father, you sent your son Jesus Christ to save us by dying on the cross. Grant us the power of your Holy Spirit that we may humble ourselves before you, confess our sins and cast all our hope on Jesus. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.