So last night it was a cool night and I thought it would be good to open some windows and let some of the cool night air fill up our house. I went around and, since it was well after dark, opened each blind, pulled the window open a bit, and then closed the mini-blinds back again. Two of the windows in our living room open out to the front porch. I stepped over my daughter that was sitting by the window and opened the mini-blinds. There, running away, was a man with a camcorder in his hands. I only saw his silhouette because there was a white pickup truck parked in front of my house. It was running and the headlights were on. I closed the blinds real quick and stood there, kind of shocked, kind of worried, while I realized what had just happened.
In case you are far away or are reading this months from now, some context. This past weekend Hurricane Ike hit a front and sent major major winds into our town. I put up a gallery of tree damage on my smugmug (http://dansullivan.smugmug.com click events, then Sept. something windstorm) All of my neighbors were without power for at least 24 hours, and the park was pitch black. We, however, had all kinds of power.
So I stood there for a minute. Was he videoing the trees that came down…or how dark the park was??? the media had been around all day…no, he was running away!
So anyway, who knows what he was doing, but he certainly destroyed a lot of our peace. All day today we‚Äôve been wondering if he was sizing up our belongings so he could come back another day or if he was filming our daughter as she sat on the floor watching Madagascar or what.
Needless to say, he wasn‚Äôt doing anything fruitful.
So tonight I was cleaning up from my evening housework and I started thinking about how Jesus talked about theives coming in the night. If you don‚Äôt like theives, it wasn‚Äôt very reassuring. If you don‚Äôt like Jesus, the thing He said wasn‚Äôt very reassuring either.
Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Whenever Jesus returns, be it before some trib or after or after all of the people disappear and Kirk Cameron videos pop up everywhere, all of that is arguable, this is clear, whenever Jesus returns, it will be a surprise.
It will be just like when you open your blinds and see that there was a thief there, that came in w/o you knowing it, but now he‚Äôs there.
Got a gun? No time to go get it. I have a friend 2 blocks over that walked into her house, thought that someone had been there and saw something sitting on the back porch. She walked back through the house, realized that YES, someone HAD been there, and went back to the porch and the something was gone. They were there at that moment and she didn‚Äôt realize it. The thing on the porch? The family shotgun.
Got an alarm system? It only works if you turn it on. Car alarms have become so common now that no-one responds to such an annoyance.
When a thief comes, you don‚Äôt know it until it‚Äôs too late. That is how it will be when Jesus returns. Never mind when it will be or how many nuclear wars we‚Äôll have to if the Temple will be built.
Whenever he comes, it will be a surprise to us all.
It is so wild that Jesus compares himself to something like this. A thief is evil, hidden, tricky! Aha, but that‚Äôs where Jesus gets you.
Tricky, yes, because it‚Äôs too late.
Hidden, yes, because you didn‚Äôt see Him coming.
But evil, no. A thief is evil because he takes away something you want.
This Divine Thief won‚Äôt take what you want. If you try to save your life, you‚Äôll lose it, He said. He is coming to take whoever would give themselves up for Him, and there is nothing evil about being joined with perfect perfection for eternity.