Now I’ll say upfront, that I could go a whole different direction with that title, and talk about a watchman on the wall etc. and perhaps I will another day. But I wanted to share with you a few thoughts from a homegoing celebration yesterday of a fine man that passed into eternity.
This man had a big smile for everyone he met, he was certainly a loving man
he had big hands, I mean in the shape of a tool handle, he was a working man
he definitely was a family man.
But when I went into his bedroom a month ago, he was not doing well, felt poorly, was in his PJ’s and a Tshirt … but what caught my eye was that he was wearing a WATCH! In bed, sick, difficult diagnosis but he was wearing a watch.
he was a WATCH MAN!
If you aren’t a watch person, you might not feel this but I AM, and I loved it.
I said “you’re a watch man!” and he laughed and said, “yeah I like watches”.
Let me tell you what that told THIS watchman about that watchman
A Watch Man …
Watches are tradition.
We can get our time in many places today, but watch men are traditional. They like the feel of the watch, the look, and carrying on tradition. And they do that in other areas of their lives. They carry on the things they’ve known and learned and pass it along to their family, kids, grandkids.
A watchman wants things that Have Lasted and WILL Last …
I’m wearing a Vintage Longines Mechanical Wind Watch. This watch was assembled in a small French Jewelry store on April 8, 1960. This watch is 4 ½ years OLDER than I AM. And with care, it will be passed down to my sons or grandsons. But I also want to pass down all that is traditional for the Goforth house to my family, Faith in Christ, Dedication to Family, Sharing the Gospel of Jesus, and Love for my fellow man.
But the second thing about a Watch man …
They Know What Time It Is
That seems to go without saying. But they don’t only know the time because they have a watch. They have a watch because they know and want to know the time. We used to say “he knows what time it is.” That phrase, “knows what time it is”, is a phrase about more than the hour and the minute, it is about knowing what’s going on and what needs to be done and the proper timing.
Romans 13:11–14 (CSB)
11 Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh.
It is time right now to grieve, but it’s also a time to believe the gospel, and celebrate the homegoing of a faithful saint redeemed by the Blood of Christ, receiving his reward by no merit of his own but that of his Lord Jesus.
It’s NOT time to be divided, but united.
It’s time to give consideration to the shortness of life and be sure that you know Jesus. It’s time to be ready to die, but also time to put on your armor, and live this life for all it’s worth.
It’s time to do things you MEANT to do Yesterday
It’s time to do things today that cannot be put off for tomorrow, because tomorrow may not come.
Watchmen are Traditional,
They know what time it is,
And so, they are wearing a watch because they have an appointment they don’t want to miss.
A Watchman Has Some Place to Be!
That Saturday we met, He knew his time here was short and he had some place else to be.
I said, “Bob, tell me about when you met Jesus.”
And his face lit up, and he looked up and to his left, my right … that’s the place where we store our memories. They say, If someone looks the other way … they are probably inventing something, a story, but when they look to Their Left, Your Right, they are remembering.
And he told me his story of Jesus …
If you know Jesus, you should have your story, I have my story. If you don’t … you can have one today, you can meet Jesus today by faith, in confession, receiving eternal life and your memory begins.
And so, for that watch man, then THIS watch man, is telling you the “time has come to wake up” … “salvation is nearer than you were yesterday”, as is the judgment for those who reject it. This watchman will tell you with Paul that, “the day is near, the night is almost over”, so it’s time to walk with Christ today, to put on the armor, cloth yourselves with the righteousness of Jesus Christ … And make plans to be prepared for the appointment that is coming.
We all have someplace to be, and I know where that watch man is and wants you to be. And you will only get there by faith in the Grace of Jesus. If you haven’t, won’t you?
His wife said, “it went so fast, and it’s like he knew it was coming fast, like he was in a hurry.” To which I replied, “he knew he had somewhere else to be.”
Last Saturday morning, with family gathered all around, the nurse said, “there isn’t much time now.” And the family gathered around, and kissed his cheek, and immediately he was keeping his appointment, he was gone from that room and into another room.
Why? Because it is appointed men once to die …
And because Jesus said, “in my Father house are many rooms … I go to prepare a place for you so that where I am, you can be also”
That Watch man has not Gone, he has ARRIVED.
Right On Time.
A Watch Man.