” Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.”
Luke 12: 35-36
JESUS GIVES a short parable about His second coming that is similar to the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew’s gospel. The teaching is the same. In this parable, the Master will not only commend his servants for their watchfulness; he will, in fact, serve them as though they were the master and he the servant .
JESUS likens our stay on earth till He returns to servants in waiting for a Master who was out of the house briefly. The Master is out just to honour an important appointment* but will return to His abode again within a short period of time. His return is guaranteed.
The Greek verb rendered ” to return”, is analuse which translates into the original meaning of to unloose, used of fishing vessels; to unloose the anchor and to go out to sea. It is symbolic of departure from a place of encampment or containment to a state of mobility.
ln this parable , Jesus is drawing attention to the fact that the Master of this particular household gave no definite date or time for his return because he didn’t know when he would be released from his appointment to come back to his own abode. He is again suggesting an eagerness for the master to return early but will only be hindered because he must first be released to come back home.
As the night begins to fall, his servants must not be thinking of sleep or going into their sleeping quarters for their comfort. No. For how can they sleep when their Master is out there, eager to return, but still waiting for marching orders?
Instead they are expected to be dressed up. They should still be in their servant uniform. Working. Actively in service, expecting the Master, eager for his return, ears cocked , listening for his footsteps, closely pacing the area around the locked door, in anticipation; all set and ready to unlock and open the door to him the very moment he knocks on it.
Christ said and taught that, *”. . .The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve*” (Mk 10 :45).
If we watch in the sense that Jesus meant in this parable, and are ready to also open the door of our hearts fully to Him, to listen to Him and keep His words alive in our hearts; then He will serve us spiritual food and drink and every spiritual blessing (Jn 4:13; 6:51 Eph 1:3). We will be well nourished while we wait , and watch for His sure return.
We are to be found working as well, not idle while we wait. Working for the interests of the Kingdom. Promoting the Master’s business of soul winning, discipleship and building the church. Tirelessly, persistently, zealously fishing for men.
Therefore, watch and remain ready. Jesus can come anytime.
He may come today. May He find you ready and at post. Stay “Rapture ready”.