Bible Text: Genesis 15:1-6, Psalm 33:1-9, Hebrews 11:1-16, Luke 12:32-40 | Preacher: Bishop Frank Lyon | Get Ready …The Lord is Coming!
Jesus tells two parables about being ready for the Lord’s coming. Jesus sets an example that is counter-intuitive to what we think about the servant/master paradigm. He said that when the master comes He serve the servants. God is not only interested in our service to Him but also His service to those who love Him.
Jesus turns our human ideal of being rich and having servants on its head when He washed the feet of His disciples on tbe first Maundy Thursday. Jesus comes to us each week through Holy Communion serves us in the messianic banquet. He served Himself up for us on Good Friday on the cross.
God is always inviting us to come and be with Him. Jesus is showing us the TRUE heart of God – that of servanthood to His people. In Isaiah 46 God remarks at His service to His people yet they chose to make idols of His creation. God is always looking at how he can serve and save. He sent Jesus to be the icon of His heart – to love, protect, heal, rescue His people.
God wants us to live and trust in Him. He doesn’t want us to trust in His creation but rather the Creator. Jesus and God are coordinated in their desire to care for us.
In order to receive the blessing of the Lord we must be ready. To be ready we must to receive God. We must be ready – filled with the Holy Spirit through worship, praise, reading the scripture, removing sinful habits. Like the 5 wise virgins we must constantly trim our wicks – removing sin and keeping our lives filled with the Holy spirit.
“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them” – Luke 12:37