Eschatology is about a hope-saturated praxis, not figuring out days.
Update: I had an interesting discussion with a new family to our church this morning after the service. The conversation ranged over a host of doctrinal issues. The whole experience reminded me of this post from early in 2011.
- “Be on your guard”
- “Keep awake.”
- “You don’t know when it will happen.”
- “Commands the doorkeeper to stay awake”
- “Therefore, stay awake”
- “You don’t know when the master will come.”
- “Stay awake.”
Seven different ways that Jesus makes the same point in Mark 13:33-37. What’s the point? Live today as if he might return today and you won’t have any regrets.
I love the comment shared today by Knute Larson at a preaching seminar I attended. Summarizing a quote from Martin Luther, Knute said:
“Luther said that a Christian only really has two days, today and ‘that day’ (i.e. ‘the day of the Lord’).”
A good word for all of us.