People wonder where Jesus is and why He's taking so long. More than two thousand years ago the Pharisees asked Him when His kingdom would come. He said, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is'" (Luke 17:21).
Jesus warned His disciples not to listen to people who said these things. Then He described what it would be like. "The Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other" (Luke 17:24).
He said it would be like the days of Noah when people were eating, drinking and marrying. Then the flood came without warning. It will be like the days of Lot. People were eating, drinking, buying and selling. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed the city.
Jesus said, "It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed" (Luke 17:30).
Think About It
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me" (John 14:6). We don't have to wonder what it will be like when He comes again. He gave the answer. We don't have to wonder when it will happen. Jesus said no one will know, but He warned us to be ready. By loving God and others we will be ready when He comes. We will be watchful yet compassionate like Jesus.
Pray About It
O Lord, we don't know what the future holds. That is so hard for us. But we know You hold our future, that You are not late in coming but that you want all to be ready. Teach us how to discern the times and be wise about what happens in the world. Amen.