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Craig A. Brittingham, Pastor
Hillside Baptist Church
December 10, 2023

“Coming as a Thief” – Matthew 24:43-51

– Last week, we looked at verses 36-42, a passage teaching us that because we do not know the day or hour of Christ’s return, we must be constantly watching for it.
– In this week’s passage, verses 43-51, we learn that if we did know the hour of Christ’s return, we would certainly be looking for Him to return at that hour and be faithfully serving Him until He came (Mat 24:43-51).

1A. Jesus Will Come as a Thief (Mat 24:43-44).
1b. That Jesus will come as a thief means He will come at a time we do not expect.
2b. Since Christ will come unexpectedly, we must always be ready for His return.
3b. Several times the Bible predicts that Christ will come as a thief (1Thess 5:1-6).

2A. We Must Be Constantly Looking for Jesus to Return While Faithfully Serving Him (Mat 24:45-51).
1b. In this parable, Jesus contrasts a faithful servant with an evil servant.
2b. In a certain sense, every person is a servant of God.
1c. Everyone is required to serve the Lord, and will be judged when Christ returns (Mat 25:31-46).
2c. Our Master, Jesus, has gone away and has given us things to do until He returns.
3b. In the parable, the faithful servant and the evil servant meet very different ends.

1. What is the similarity between the coming of Jesus and the coming of a thief?
2. How should this similarity affect our lives?
3. What truth does Jesus teach us in the parable of the faithful servant and the evil servant?
4. What does it mean to be appointed a portion with hypocrites?
5. What experience did Jesus describe in His use of the phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth”? Look up other places in the Gospels where He uses this phrase.
6. To sum it up, in what two things must we as Christians be constantly engaged until Christ’s return?