The Dullest Thing Jesus Ever Said
Matt 24:3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” NASU
With all the excitement going on in Palestine the disciples now wanted to know when the end of the age will be. Luke 19:11 reveals anticipation filled the air. Much like learning your favorite football team made it to the Super Bowl the next question to ask is “when will the big game be?” Imagine asking Jesus, the know-it-all, the omniscient One, and hearing his answer, “I don’t know.” Unbelievable! If you hear Jesus right, then His answer sounds stale, flat, and disappointing.
Matt 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. NASB
Jesus would not be a very exciting conference speaker at any prophecy seminar today!
Matt 24:36-40 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. 37 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 38 “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. NASU
Compare what “signs” we see today to what Jesus’ disciples must have seen. They must have been very excited. Imagine then the disappointment when they heard Jesus say He didn’t know.
The record of the New Testament shows they accepted Jesus answer. You don’t read about them applying the signs Jesus gave to current events happening in the Middle East. They could have, but they were wise not to. They acted as if they could not know the time of the end so they didn’t try. Actually, they acted as if they had a lot of work to do. To them the matter was not like looking up into the sky, analyzing it, and concluding “it looks like rain today.” Instead, they acted like those that went out diligently to build a roof on a church not knowing if it would rain or not today. They accepted the fact that the timing of the end would be unpredictable; it would be like the time of the flood when the ever present cloud would just one day break loose surprising everyone.
We should be like them. To supplement eschatology with human wisdom, to say the end is near is not commendable. In fact, it is damnable. Think about what I’m saying. Imagine going to hell for holding the wrong view about the end time. Yet, according to Jesus teaching in Matt 25:1-13, living according to a misconstrued view of the end will damn you. How can this be? Maybe we should ask if Jesus has the right to condemn those who cannot handle the responsibilities that come with an extended delay on His part. I think Jesus sees this as no different then mixing human wisdom with soteriology; both are damnable.
Prov 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. NASU
Certainly understanding Matthew 25:1-13 is one of the reasons why the disciples lived the way they did.
The application Jesus draws from the unknowability or ignorance of the timing of the end is clear.
Matt 24:42-44 “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. NASU
Apparently, God holds such people who think the big game is going to be on a Sunday in the late afternoon to be dangerous. He is right because they are presumptuous. History is filled with the destructive ways of the presumptuous.
Isa 5:18-19 Woe to those…Who say, “Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near And come to pass, that we may know it!” NASU
2. “Jesus is Accursed.” So Say We.