“Wide Awake”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Wide Awake”
Read: Mark 13:32-37

This past week there was much conversation about the rapture and the return of Jesus to take his believers up with him into heaven.  Some of that conversation was healthy and some of it was unfortunately sarcastic.  But the one thing that was good is that it raised awareness of passages like Mark 13:32-37.

Jesus says that no one will know the day or the hour of his return.  In fact in verse 32 he says that he doesn’t even know, only the Father (God) knows.  But in the midst of those who feel like they need to pick dates and hours (Harold Camping, Mayan Calendar, etc.) there is one truth that remains, we must be ready.

In verse 33 Jesus says, “Be on guard! Be Alert!”  In other words, live your life every day as a person prepared and ready for the rapture when it does occur.  Along with that, we must also be prepared to face whatever life in the here and now tries to throw at us, and we do that be relying on Jesus Christ himself.

I am a product of the 1980’s high school scene and I have always enjoyed the music of the Irish group U2.  The words of their songs can often have multiple meanings for a person depending on what they are thinking about or going through at a given time.

Last week as the news was swirling about the rapture I heard a U2 song that had the words, “I’m wide awake, I’m not sleeping.”  I had to think how true that was to what this passage in Mark is saying.  Jesus is asking us to consider if we are awake and ready or if we are dozing off and not paying attention to things that really matter for eternity.

That U2 song was not written about the rapture but yet it spoke to the way I was feeling about things going on in the world.  At the end of the live version of that song (Bad) they say, “Come on down, come on down, come on down.”  Is that how we feel about the rapture?

Are we at the point in our lives where we are ready to say, “Jesus, come on down, I’m wide awake, alert, and ready?” If not, we need to be, because the owner of the house (verse 35) could come back at any time.  Mr. Camping has now changed his date to October 21 but Jesus could come back before that! Be ready!

Make it personal: Along with being prepared yourself for Christ’s return try to use the recent news discussions of the rapture as a way to witness to your family, friends and co-workers.  Perhaps they don’t know what Jesus has said or what the Bible says about this.  This is your opportunity!

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church