Jesus has this covered

On his blog, Wally Fry asks the rhetorical question, “The weatherman says, ‘a storm is coming,’ and everyone panics. The preacher says, ‘Jesus is coming,’ and no one cares.” OK, that’s not a question, but it’s still a rhetorical statement. “Everyone” and “no one” are exaggerations, but the point remains that people react more strongly to a little winter weather than they do to the warnings and promises of the Bible.

So I commented, “I suppose it wouldn’t make much sense to rush to the store and buy bread and milk and eggs and a shovel because Jesus is coming. J.” That was merely a quick and casual reaction. Now that I’ve had a few more hours to think about Wally’s quip, I find that I have more to say.

First, it’s true, at least in Wally’s part of the country (Arkansas), the threat of a little snow or (worse) ice sends everyone to the store to buy milk and bread and eggs. Toss in a little sugar and cinnamon and you could make French Toast. Why people want French Toast with their ice and snow, I don’t know. Of course, they also buy shovels to move snow off the sidewalks and driveways and salt to melt the ice. The city and county and state governments invest very little money in snow removal equipment, since most of the time the snow is gone in twenty-four hours without any human effort. There is always a risk, though, of a longer freeze, possibly with the electricity out, so people in Arkansas have learned to be prepared. And by “prepared,” I mean that they rush to the store to buy milk and bread and eggs.

Jesus told a parable (found in Matthew 25:1-13) about ten bridesmaids waiting for the bridegroom to arrive so the wedding celebration could begin. Five were wise and brought extra olive oil for their lamps; the other five were foolish and had no extra oil. When the bridegroom’s imminent arrival was announced, they saw that they had no oil and begged to borrow some oil from the first five, but there was not enough oil for the wise ones to share. Instead, the foolish bridesmaids went to find a store open all night where they could buy some oil. The bridegroom arrived, the doors were locked, and the party started. When the foolish bridesmaids found themselves locked outside of the party, they knocked on the door, but the bridegroom did not recognize them and left the door locked.

Bible interpreters sometimes chase the rabbit of “what does the oil represent?” The olive oil could be almost anything, and the parable still makes sense. Anyone who feels a need to rush out and purchase supplies because Jesus is coming is in danger of missing the party. Like the wedding guests who thought that their own interests and possessions were more important than the wedding of the king’s son (Matthew 22:1-14), these bridesmaids found something to be more important to them than the arrival of the bridegroom. As a result, they missed the party.

Why would you need to run to the store when you know Jesus is coming? Do you need milk? Jesus brought the Israelites to the Promised Land, “a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:17); he can certainly supply us with all the milk that we need. As for bread, we know that “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3), but still Jesus says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he that has no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself with rich food” (Isaiah 55:1-2). He who fed crowds of thousands with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish also promises that when he comes, he “will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined” (Isaiah 25:6). Do you need to buy eggs? Jesus says, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?” (Luke 11:11-12). Believe me, or believe his own words: Jesus has this covered.

Jesus can even provide the shovel. We know that he is our Great High Priest (Hebrews 8:1-7), and we read in the Old Testament that shovels were part of the equipment given to every high priest (Exodus 27:3). They were used for clearing ashes from the altar, but still we know that Jesus has his own shovel. And what of salt? Jesus says to his followers, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). So Jesus is prepared for any bad weather. No storm can defeat him.

Jesus has this covered. We do not need to run to the store because Jesus is coming. Instead, we prepare to welcome him joyfully, knowing that when he arrives, the biggest party ever is going to begin. J.

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24 thoughts on “Jesus has this covered

  1. “knowing that when he arrives, the biggest party ever is going to begin.”
    Are you aware of how many times he has been a party pooper by failing to arrive? Do not hold your breath.

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    • Steve. Your facts are incorrect. Jesus has never failed to show up, as you say. The theology of where Jesus is at this moment is likely beyond you. Nonetheless, He has not failed in anything. Just because folks have gone against the clear teachings of scripture and set dates which have been wrong, is no reflection on our Savior. It is only a reflection on those who do that. So, your theology and your facts are wrong. If you took the time to learn something about Scripture other than what you read on atheist websites, you would stop saying things which are nonsensical. Have a nice day. If Salvageable wants to chase you around in circles, it is his blog and he is certainly free to do so.

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    • Whether deliberately or unconsciously I cannot tell, but you are evoking the words of II Peter 3:3-10, to whit: “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
      But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” J.

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  2. LOL! Well done Salvageable. I live in the land of preppies, off the grid, stocked up, hoarding rations and waiting for doomsday. Love this pastor who used to sternly declare, “it’s not doomsday! Jesus is coming back, so grab the spam and ammo is just all kinds of wrong headed.”

    The worst where I live is actually a power outage. Instant panic. All of a sudden everyone is starving and needs to evacuate. I work in a restaurant and it is so not pretty. Hysterical people demanding to know exactly when the electricity will be restored and huge orders as people try to stock up food. The grocery store sells out of milk and bread instantly.

    Relax people, it’s all good. The bible says Jesus will actually provide the light, too. 🙂

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    • The power outage thing happens in Arkansas too. The first time the power went out, I called the power company to report the outage, and one of the questions they asked was, “Do you want us to phone you when the power is restored?” I thought, “Why would you need to call me? I think I’ll notice when the lights come on.” But so many people abandon their homes, even get motel rooms because the power is out, that the company feels it necessary to offer to call when the power comes back. J.

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  3. Don’t get me started on being prepared. I live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. It would be nice if Jesus came back in the winter to rescue us from the wind hill

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  4. Arkansas? In the Pittsburgh area, the panic as two or three flakes are seen is so bad that I have seen the stock boys roll pallets of milk into the store aisle. It never makes it into the refrigerated cases. We try to avoid the grocery on those days. People start throwing punches as supplies get low.

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    • But in Arkansas, if a forecaster merely says “winter weather,” they head for the stores. It doesn’t take two or three flakes in the air; when the flakes fall (if they fall at all) the folks have left the stores bare and made it back home. J.

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