Sermon delivered by Rev. Dr. Larry Maley at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on March 26, 2017
“The Tragedy of the Unprepared Life”
Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13
In the 24th chapter of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples that God’s Final Judgment is immanent and He describes the signs they will observe before that fateful day (Mt. 24:3-31). He concludes His teaching about the coming Judgment Day with four parables: the Faithful Servant, Mt. 24: 45-51; Ten Virgins, Mt. 25:1-13; Bags of Gold, Mt. 25: 14-30; and the Sheep and Goats, Mt. 25:31-46. Each parable communicates the same warning: Be prepared for His Return!
Jesus was concerned about the readiness of His followers for the time He returns to judge the world. The issue of Christ’s return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 20:11-21:5) should be ever-present in our mind for it sustains our Christian faith. Its importance is emphasized every Sunday in worship when we recite the Apostles’ Creed. In that creed we affirm that Jesus “shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” Whenever we join together in praying the Lord’s Prayer we say, “Your kingdom come.” Both statements point to Christ’s Second Coming.