Luke 21:34-36

Luke 21:34-36

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:34-36

This is obviously written for adults for who else would have their hearts weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life? Nonetheless the first verse above contains a warning for everyone about how anytime could be when that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.

Tuesday morning that day closed in on two twin boys age 6 and their sister age 9 as they were crossing the street to get on their school bus. There was also a neighbor who is currently in intensive care from his injuries. You may read or see videos about what happened here and here. I don’t know why, but my heart is particularly heavy upon hearing and reading about this. It is beyond my imagination. I don’t know, but I hope all three were Christians or were not yet at the age of accountability and now find themselves in the arms of Jesus.

Now what about us? Adults all? Are we prepared in case we were to be snatched away as death closed in on us suddenly like a trap? Jesus tells how easy it is to be distracted with simply the anxieties of life. Death will come for all of us who live on the face of the whole earth. We had better heed Jesus’ warning and Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.

We are accountable. Are we on the watch for our eternal souls and those of our loved ones? Are we praying to be able to stand before the Son of Man. Have we – each of us, individually – accepted the free Gift of Grace offered by the Son of Man? Have we accepted not just the salvation He has given us, but made Him the Lord of our lives?

Our day of accounting can come at any time. Are we prepared if death were to close in on us suddenly like a trap?