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Jesus spoke often concerning the matter of time. He gave a stern rebuke to the Pharisees for their lack of discernment when he said, “Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky but cannot discern the signs of the times.” In the text the Apostle Paul, driven to proclaim the good news of Christ, was moved by the urgency of the hour. He, like we today, did not know when death might cut short his witness for Christ, or when Christ himself might return and call him to account.
Jesus was also moved by the pressing of time when He said in John 9, “I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” To our Lord Jesus, life was not a time of leisure or weeks of rest and relaxation. He had one master passion which was His driving force all the way to the cross. He came to do the will of His Father and said, “I must be about my Father’s business.” His redeeming death was His alone, but the ministry of redemption is a common vocation for all who know Him as their Savior and Lord. He said, “As my Father hath sent me, so send I you.” I wonder if He who was so constrained and driven to “finish the work” which His Father gave Him to do is disappointed in our laxity and slothfulness in carrying on His work in this world?
In view of world events and the pressing of time we need to heed the admonition to the Thessalonians (I Thes. 5: 1-9)…. “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” Because Paul further states in Romans 13, “for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand.” We are reminded by Jesus that, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be…And they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away!” Let us not be found wanting when He comes again. Let us discern the signs of the times and work diligently until He comes or death takes us out of this world. There are many signs that reveal the falling shadows of a day far spent.
The Jews now have a restored national homeland as was prophesied long centuries ago. The day of the Gentile supremacy is reaching its close. In spite of the attempts of their annihilation they have never lost their identity and have refused to be exterminated or absorbed. Mark Twain said, “All things are mortal but the Jew. All other forces pass, but he (the Jew) remains.” Such is the case.
The Bible speaks of a spiritual apathy and apostasy that will be evident in these last days. We are witnessing it before our very eyes. Billy Graham said, “The modern church has lost its moral authority to speak to the world. They have gotten caught up with captivating personalities, gifts, education, etc. when what the world truly needs are men and women who exude the excellencies of the Christian Faith.”
We, as a nation, have relegated sin, absolute Truth, the nation’s call to repentance, and such like to the dusty archives of the past. We have entered into the age of relativism. The contemporary mindset has become dominant. However, we fail to realize that God’s Word is as relevant and contemporary as today’s newspaper. God doesn’t need anyone to improve upon His inspired Word. The existentialist has rejected Divine revelation with all of its definiteness for human reasoning with all its relativeness. Dr. Mott stated that if the church is not careful, with all of its incessant conferences, seminars, and discussion groups, it will become like the Athenians in Acts 17, “who spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.” Perhaps we need to get back (or should I say ‘move up’) to the “old paths.”
We have become a morally degenerated society. Actions once abhorred have now been socially accepted, legally sanctioned, and even religiously approved. Nearly sixty years ago our nation experienced an earth shaking revolution in the realm of morals. One stated that it has had a greater affect on civilization than either the printing press or the atomic bomb. As a result we are witnessing the demise of man’s basic institutions such as the home, schools, government, and even the church.
This short article does not permit me to speak on all the ills of our day such as wars, famine, earthquakes, economic crisis, distress of nations, and other evidences of the deepening darkness. We must recognize that it is getting late. May we not be as those of whom one song writer penned, ‘Getting used to the dark.’ This is not the time for the Christian to become lazy, indolent, and self-indulgent. Let us realize the lateness of the hour and not trifle with this precious commodity called time. The coming of the Lord is very near. The time for harvesting precious souls is almost past. Time waits for no one, and it is swiftly speeding us toward the day of accounting. The hope of His return is not to be a sedative but rather a stimulus.
“Work, for the night is coming, Under the sunset skies.
While the bright tints are glowing, Work, for the daylight flies.
Work til the last beam fadeth, Fadeth to shine no more.
Work while the night is dark’ning, When man’s work is o’er.”
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