6 – The Lord’s Return

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The commands of Jesus regarding his return.

Read each of these verses* and make notes** for yourself.

– Are the commands of Jesus regarding his return optional on a Follower-of-Jesus?

– Are you obeying the commands of Jesus regarding his return?  And if not, what help do you need on order to start obeying these commands?

Matthew 24:4-8

4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 

5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 

7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

Matthew 24:42-44

42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 

43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 

44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 25:13-20

13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 

15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 

16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 

17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 

18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 

19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 

20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’

Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 

32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 

33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 

34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 

36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 

37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 

38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 

39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 

40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 

42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 

43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 

44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 

45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 

46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Mark 13:21-23

21 And then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 

22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 

23 But be on guard; I have told you all things beforehand.

Mark 13:32-37

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 

33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 
34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 

35 Therefore stay awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—

36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 

37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Luke 12:35-49

35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 

36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 

37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 

38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 

39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 

40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” 

41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 

42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 

43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.

44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 

45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 

46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 

47 And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 

48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!

Luke 21:5-9

5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, 

6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 

7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 

8 And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 

9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”

Luke 21:34-36

34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 

35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

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*Scripture Verses – The Lord’s Return English Standard Version

**Sample Notes – The Lord’s Return

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