In that last week … Holy Week … Jesus instructed the people to be watchful … he described signs of the “end of the age.” He said … “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. “
In Peterson’s paraphrase he reiterates: “But you do know this: You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up.” ~Matthew 24:43-44
The poet writes about our “age” … one similar to this very day …
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
~W. B. Yeats
Yeats’ poem is dark … and there is going to be a dark time coming. But it’s important … vital … life-giving … to note … that those in Christ have great hope! Not a shaky … “I hope everything will be OK” kind of hope … but a confident assurance that he is working out his plan … an eternal plan to bring together a new heaven and a new earth …
“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:3-4
The emphasis in Holy Week is to be watchful … to be ready … even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.
At the same time, I am grateful that he tarries … for the Scripture says … God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change. ~2 Peter 3:9
He who has ears to hear …