Keep Your Bags Packed (Mark 13; Matthew 24)

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36)

A number of years ago I read a story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the great explorer from England who went to the Antarctic.  He left some men on Elephant Island with a promise to return to pick them up.  However, the water iced over, and he was delayed in coming back.  It took four tries before Shackleton was able to retrieve his men, and when he arrived, he found the men ready and waiting.  Astonished at their preparedness, he asked how they knew he was coming.  As the story goes, every morning the leader of the group of men packed up his stuff and said, “Get your things ready, boys, the boss may come today.”  

Jesus’ words echo a similar tone: get your things ready, the boss may come today.  The fact is, we don’t know when Jesus will return, we just know that he promised to do so.  And since Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection, I tend to believe what he says.*  The question is: are you ready for his return?  It could be any day.  As Easter approaches, it’s a great reminder that we need to be prepared.

Lord, please help me to be ready for Jesus’ return at any moment.  Help me to remember that I don’t know the hour or the day but that I want to be found prepared to spend the rest of eternity with You.  

*If you have questions about whether or not the resurrection actually happened, I encourage to listen to the Verdict sermon series that I taught last winter.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.