S: Mark 13:31-37 No one knows about that day or hour. Not even the angels in heaven know. The Son does not know. Only the Father knows.
Keep watch! Stay awake! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away. He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge. Each one is given a task to do. He tells the one at the door to keep watch.
So keep watch! You do not know when the owner of the house will come back. It may be in the evening or at midnight. It may be when the rooster crows or at dawn. He may come suddenly. So do not let him find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to everyone. 'Watch!'
O: Throughout the centuries since Christ ascended to heaven, we've had people hyperventilating about specific times that they expect Him to return or for these end-time events to occur, in spite of the warning that nobody except the Heavenly Father knows when it'll be.
A: However, Jesus' main point here was that we should always be ready. We're not supposed to be trying to predict when He's coming back, but rather to "Keep watch! Stay awake!"
We are to daily take up our cross and follow Him. When we are tempted, we are to submit to God and resist the devil. If we give in to temptation and sin, we are to confess and receive God's forgiveness rather than wallowing in our sins.
P: Father, thank You for your forgiveness through the sacrifice of Your Son. In Jesus' name, amen.
Note: this is using the SOAP method. For more information, see this page (not written by me.)