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105: The End of the Age–Part IV [Watch]

May 15, 2009

Major Text: Matthew 24:42-25:30

Harmony Texts:

Matt. 24:42-44      Mark 13:33-37      Luke 21:34-36

Outline:

  1. Keep Watch Matt. 24:42-44
  2. Parable #1—Be Responsible Matt. 24:45-51
  3. Parable #2—Be Ready Matt. 25:1-13
  4. Parable #3—Be Industrious Matt. 25:14-30

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus now illustrates what He has taught the disciples in the previous 3 lessons. Matthew records three parables whereas Mark and Luke reemphasize keeping watch and being ready.

The first parable has to do with being responsible. A certain man has been given a responsibility to serve others while Jesus is gone. God [Jesus] honors those who honor Him. Therefore, we are to carry out our responsibility and not misuse it. The righteous will have integrity. The unrighteous will grow weary and misuse their God-given responsibility.

The second parable concerns ten virgins who are waiting for the bridegroom to come get them for the wedding. One of the best explanations of this parable as it relates to heaven is found in Chapter 7 in the book titled Heaven by Joni Eareckson Tada. It’s in my library for the very purpose of illustrating this parable. We as Christians must be ready for Christ’s return. If we wait for some sign, we are likely to miss the party. Once the party starts, there is no further entrance. This is why it’s important to decide to follow Christ now and not wait until another time deemed more convenient.

The third parable talks about being industrious. We are given/received the gift of salvation and must decide what we are going to do with it. We can grow it [investing] and share it so others may know the truth or we can ignore it and hide it so nobody will know that we have received the gift. If we do not value our gift enough to show and share our gift [grow it], we will lose it altogether. Such a person is not righteous, but wicked.

Lessons/Applications:

1. Out decision for Christ [to believe in Him, to place our faith in Him, to acknowledge Him before all men] is to be a commitment for life. It is like an engagement period prior to our marriage to the Lord commencing with the great wedding feast in heaven. When saying yes to Jesus Christ, be patient, be steadfast, be persistent, be hopeful, be watching, and be ready.

2. Failure to Keep Watch, to be responsible, to be ready, and to be industrious removes one from His Grace, His Mercy, His Love, and His Kingdom.

3. Our inheritance is directly related to keeping watch, being responsible, being ready, and being industrious. We must value our gifts, our ability to serve, and grow the Kingdom of God.

4. Refusing to value or share what we have been given is the same as not having it at all.

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The End of the Age—–Part IV [Watch]

Major Text: Matthew 24:42-25:30

Harmony Texts: Matt. 24:42-44 Mark 13:33-37 Luke 21:34-36

Outline: I. Keep Watch Matt. 24:42-44

II. Parable #1—Be Responsible Matt. 24:45-51

III. Parable #2—Be Ready Matt. 25:1-13

IV. Parable #3—Be Industrious Matt. 25:14-30

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus now illustrates what He has taught the disciples in the previous 3 lessons. Matthew records three parables whereas Mark and Luke reemphasize keeping watch and being ready.

The first parable has to do with being responsible. A certain man has been given a responsibility to serve others while Jesus is gone. God [Jesus] honors those who honor Him. Therefore, we are to carry out our responsibility and not misuse it. The righteous will have integrity. The unrighteous will grow weary and misuse their God-given responsibility.

The second parable concerns ten virgins who are waiting for the bridegroom to come get them for the wedding. One of the best explanations of this parable as it relates to heaven is found in Chapter 7 in the book titled Heaven by Joni Eareckson Tada. It’s in my library for the very purpose of illustrating this parable. We as Christians must be ready for Christ’s return. If we wait for some sign, we are likely to miss the party. Once the party starts, there is no further entrance. This is why it’s important to decide to follow Christ now and not wait until another time deemed more convenient.

The third parable talks about being industrious. We are given/received the gift of salvation and must decide what we are going to do with it. We can grow it [investing] and share it so others may know the truth or we can ignore it and hide it so nobody will know that we have received the gift. If we do not value our gift enough to show and share our gift [grow it], we will lose it altogether. Such a person is not righteous, but wicked.

Lessons/Applications:

1. Out decision for Christ [to believe in Him, to place our faith in Him, to acknowledge Him before all men] is to be a commitment for life. It is like an engagement period prior to our marriage to the Lord commencing with the great wedding feast in heaven. When saying yes to Jesus Christ, be patient, be steadfast, be persistent, be hopeful, be watching, and be ready.

2. Failure to Keep Watch, to be responsible, to be ready, and to be industrious removes one from His Grace, His Mercy, His Love, and His Kingdom.

3. Our inheritance is directly related to keeping watch, being responsible, being ready, and being industrious. We must value our gifts, our ability to serve, and grow the Kingdom of God.

4. Refusing to value or share what we have been given is the same as not having it at all.

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