October 19, 2011
(Jesus said) "For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." Matthew 24:38-39
I've never written a devotion on people being oblivious. Even so, an article in the news suggests that this may be the appropriate time to do so.
The story comes out of North Beaver Township in Pennsylvania. It seems sometime after September 27th and before October 6th, some thieves stole a corrugated steel bridge.
That's right, they stole a bridge.
Using a cutting torch, the thieves dissected and carted away a bridge that was 50 feet long and 20 feet wide. The police think it was the intent of the robbers to sell the bridge for the price of scrap.
Now you would think that someone, somewhere along the way might have noticed trucks hauling away the giant chunks, the numerous parts of that bridge.
If you think that, my friend, you would be wrong. It appears that nobody saw nuthin.' It seems as if everyone had been oblivious as the bridge disappeared bit by bit and piece by piece.
Impossible to believe?
Maybe, but Jesus says the same thing is going to happen when He comes back to judge the world. In spite of all He has done, in spite of His suffering, death and life-giving resurrection, in spite of His multiple warnings of what will happen before that day, many people are going to remain oblivious.
This will be a great tragedy for them.
To combat this tendency toward being oblivious, to save sinful, unbelieving souls from hell is why Jesus encouraged His disciples to make a witness. He entrusted to His followers the task of telling the world that the end was coming and all negative fallout concerning that day could be avoided if a person has been given faith in Jesus as Savior.
In short, we who know the obvious concerning the Savior's plan of salvation need to be telling what we know to those who are oblivious.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, in spite of all You have done the world is still filled with folks who don't understand their time is limited and the day of destruction and damnation is approaching. Send the Holy Spirit upon Your disciples so we may witness effectively to those who this day remain oblivious to the victory You have won to save them. This we ask in Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries