(121) Watch for the Return of Christ
“Be dressed and ready, with your lamps burning. You are to be like men waiting for their lord to return from the wedding, so when he comes and knocks they may immediately open the door for him. Blessed are those servants whom the master will find watching when he comes. Truly, I tell you, he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and he will come forth and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or in the third watch, and finds them watching, blessed are those servants.
“And know this: if the head of the house had known what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore, you also be ready --for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, are you addressing this parable to just us, or to everyone?”
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord will put in charge over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant if his lord finds him doing this when he comes. Truly, I tell you, he will make him ruler over all that he has. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My lord has delayed his coming,’ and begins to beat the men and women servants and to eat and drink and get drunk, then the lord of that servant will come in a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware. He will cut him to pieces and appoint him his place with the unbelievers. And that servant, who knew his lord’s will, but did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For to whom much is given much shall be required. And to whom men have committed much, they will ask even more of him.”
(121) Watch for the Return of Christ
Luke 12:35-48, KJV35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. 38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. 41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. 45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
(1) KJV, "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning."
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