Luke 12:40

40 And you, too, must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him."

Luke 12:40 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 12:40

Be ye therefore ready also
Not habitually, but actually, in the exercise of grace, and the discharge of duty, with loins girt, and lights burning. This may be understood either of a readiness to meet the Lord in the way of his judgments, and particularly the destruction of Jerusalem, which was to be in a few years; or of a preparation for death, and the last judgment, which lies in the righteousness of Christ imputed, and his grace imparted: and to have a comfortable view of the one, and a gracious experience of the other, as they will engage to the performance of good works, to which such are ready; so they make meet for the coming of Christ, be it in what way, and whensoever it will: and the rather, a concern should be had for such a preparation, because of the following reason,

for the son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not;
in either of the above ways; (See Gill on Matthew 24:44).

Luke 12:40 In-Context

38 How happy they are if he finds them ready, even if he should come at midnight or even later!
39 And you can be sure that if the owner of a house knew the time when the thief would come, he would not let the thief break into his house.
40 And you, too, must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you are not expecting him."
41 Peter said, "Lord, does this parable apply to us, or do you mean it for everyone?"
42 The Lord answered, "Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant? He is the one that his master will put in charge, to run the household and give the other servants their share of the food at the proper time.