One Day Soon
The spring is a time of year full of days set aside to encourage us to remember and celebrate individuals. We all know about the 14th February when lovers are easily persuaded to splash their cash on flowers, chocolates, wining and dining and silly cuddly toys. You can even buy specially boxed Mr Kipling cakes for your beloved; what more could they want? In March, we have Mothering Sunday, when we are encouraged to find time to make our mums feel special. One wonders what happens for the rest of the year. Other days are set aside to encourage us to think about and remember those suffering with illness such as Cancer, our veterans and patron saints.
These days have their origins routed in the laudable premise of taking time to give thanks for those we love and cherish, thinking of those no longer with us and showing solidarity with others as they fight life threatening illnesses.
Added to this list could be Shrove Tuesday (now renamed Pancake Day) and April Fool’s Day, both of whose true origins go way back to the start of the last millennium.
I get all of these days and indeed I have even been known to embrace some of them.
At a push, I could even be persuade to embrace International Scotch Day on the 8th February but “Love your pet day” (20th February), “National Pizza day” (9th February)or “Popcorn lover’s day”; you’ve got to be joking!
But before you despair that you have missed the celebrations for these special days, you can always hope that you get caught in the time warp from Ground Hog Day!
Most of the plethora of new “special days” are known as marketing days- days declared and adopted by the commercial sector to raise awareness of their products and to get us to buy more scotch, pizza, popcorn and so on.
But long, long before the marketers got their mitts all over the calendar, another day was set aside. There are no excuses for not being ready, as the whole world has been told it is happening. We have been given time to prepare and have been told what to expect both for those who are ready and for those who aren’t. The only challenge is that date of The Day of Lord hasn’t been made public.
The answer to the question “When is the Day of the Lord” comes from Jesus Himself when He said “no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt 24:36-39). Since the Father is the only one to know when the Day of the Lord is, anyone who proclaims to set a date is lying. If only the Father knows, this means that no human could possibly know. Jesus says that it’ll come just as suddenly as the floodwaters. It will come instantly and people will be unaware of it. Just like in Noah’s day people will be getting married, eating their meals as they’ve always done, and partying as if nothing will ever change but that’s the time when “the coming of the Son of Man” will be to judge the world.
Many people are sceptical about Christ’s return but “you yourselves (Christians) are fully aware that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. Jesus said “you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt 24:44) and for those who delay their salvation, they’ll wait just one day too long as Jesus says “the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt 24:50-51).
Just prior to Jesus’ ascension into heaven His disciples asked Him “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority” (Acts 1:6-7) so if the Father has this time already fixed and Jesus said it wasn’t for even the disciples to know, how can we expect anyone else to? The answer is we don’t know. One thing we do know is that “the things that are revealed belong to us” and what has been revealed to us is that we are to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20).
For those who step out of this life without Christ, their “day of the Lord” is the very next moment after they die so it’s critical to get right with the Lord today, while it’s still called today (2 Cor 6:2). Every one of us is one breath, one accident or one heartbeat away from eternity. That day will come suddenly and Jesus said it will come when no one expects it so we need to always be ready.
Today is the best day to turn back to God or turn to him for the first time if you haven’t already done so, for you never know the Day of the Lord could come today even before you finish reading this magazine.Tags: Dial M, Magazine