Updated: May 29, 2022
"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. Understand this," said Jesus to His disciples, "if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him."
Luke 12:35-40, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001
"Stay here and keep watch," Jesus said to Peter, James, and John at Gethsemane. He walked a couple feet away and fell to the ground and prayed to His Father for Him to take the overwhelming cup of sorrow from Him and for His will to be done in this moment. After praying, Jesus returned to the disciples.
"Simon," He said to Peter, "are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?"
Jesus went to Gethsemane with His disciples, but only recognized them in the flesh after praying. He recognized Peter, His disciple, as Simon, a man of the world. "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak".
Once more, He went away and prayed the same thing, "Abba, Father," He said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
When He returned, sleep had overtaken the disciples and they did not know what to say to Him. Jesus left again, to pray: "Abba, Father," He said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
Mark 14:37-38, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV®
Before Passover, Jesus told His disciples a parable on the Mount of Olives about the kingdom of Heaven. He said "the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you; I don’t know you.’ Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."
Matthew 25:1-13, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV®
When Jesus returned from prayer for the third time in Gethsemane, He again found the disciples sleeping. He said to them, " Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"
Mark 14:41, The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV®
Are you keeping watch?
Are you waiting for the Lord?
When He returns, will He recognize you in the flesh or in the spirit?
The Found Sheep