Theological Insights from a Modern Perspective

Our Final Judgement

Luke 12:35-38 Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants!

This is our final parable, and there is a reason this is the last in the series. Everything up until now has be leading towards preparing us for Jesus’ coming, and now is that time. The wedding feast is over, and the groom is returning home after the great feast. Now is the time for the real work to begin.

The teaching is simple, “girding your loins” comes from the time when people wore robes instead of close fitting clothing. They were comfortable walking around, as any woman who has worn a loose fitting dress knows, but not all that great for doing work. So, before getting down to serious work a man would tie a rope belt around his waist (loins) to secure the robe.

This is the servant’s final preparation in waiting for their Lord to come home with his new bride. When he does arrive, will they be ready? The end of the day is nigh, it is the eleventh hour, and the master will expect everything to be in order, the first of which is a lighted path home. Jesus tells us that we “are the light of the world” (Matt 5:14), is your light shinning bright enough to light up your section of the pathway, or will you be a cause to stumble?

When Jesus comes knocking at the door, will you be ready to open it? Will you be awake and awaiting the knock, or will be you found asleep and then cast out into the night for neglecting your duties (where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth)?

Jesus is the good master, if he finds you ready then he will invite you to sit down at the banquet table and will serve you as he said that we must do for each other, “He who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” (Matt 23:11) He is ready to wash your feet and serve you at the table, are you ready?

Will he judge you as having faithfully served the Lord while he was away? This is the final judgement, now is the time, are you ready? Will you be found faithful in his absence?


 

This concludes our journey through the Parables, I hope you have found it enlightening and helpful. If so, let me know and, as always, feel free to ask questions.

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