We’re not people of the night time…we’re people of the DAYTIME!
Take a look at this deeply theological video:
If you haven’t seen that before, well you have now, and you’re in great danger of incessantly hearing ‘night time…DAYTIME!’ in your head. Sorry about that.
Anyway, Walk on the Wild Side has been on again recently, and this cheerful bird has been gracing the screen…reminding us Christians that we’re not people of the night time, we’re people of the DAYTIME!
Well, sort of. By interpretation. That’s how I like to see it anyway.
Yesterday I was reading 1 Thessalonians 5:1-8, which says:
Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. (NASB)
This is a very simple point I want to make: I noticed for the first time the distinction, that the Lord will return as surprisingly as a thief in the night FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE NIGHT – ie., those who do not know the Lord, who are not sons of light or day… I have often thought and perhaps have heard it said that the Lord will just plain surprise all of us when He returns. And it’s certainly true that no one knows the day or the hour, as Jesus said. But I’ve heard it argued that though we won’t know the day or hour, we may well know the season, being people who are ready, who are sons of day, who are watching the ‘signs of the times’. And while we perhaps don’t all wanted to be seen stationed on street corners with sandwich boards crying that the end is nigh, we at least ought to be recognising the drawing of the end of the age, if we are on the alert and awake.
We can’t stop talking about the return of the Lord. It is the great future hope that anchors us in the now and represents all else that we hope for – the ushering in of the reign of His kingdom around the world, the making of all things new…
Just a thought 🙂 One last thing: in case you didn’t know, Paul’s writings, and I think one or two other places in the New Testament, are littered with references to ‘faith, hope and love’ – which are famously known as part of 1 Corinthians 13 (great wedding passage). The occasions are too numerous to note here, and some are on a macro scale while others micro, but here is one occasion, when Paul talks about the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of the hope of salvation 🙂