One of the most common trends I find in the Gospels, spoken directly out of the mouth of Jesus to His followers, is to be watching! Be careful you not be caught unaware. As a matter of fact, we even see this termanology being used with three disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane before Jesus is captured and taken away to be crucified.
“And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40-41
I wonder, in a world that seems to be rushing towards the end of days, in a world consumed with distractions, could we be the generation that is caught off guard? Is Jesus asking us today, could ye not watch with me one hour? Are the things of this world really so appealing that we are in danger of missing His coming and be caught unaware?! Let it not be so with us; the remnant of Messiah Jesus. Therefore, let us watch and pray always to be found worthy to escape all these things and to stand before the Son of Man! (Luke 21:36)
For those of us who are watching and praying, who are delighting in His coming, we will receive a great crown of righteousness. “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
In the coming weeks, we will continue our focus on what it means to truly watch for Jesus our Messiah. May the Lord of Lords speak to our hearts and refresh our expectation of His return. May we be watching and ready.