The Coming of the Kingdom
Jesus described the sudden nature of his return.
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; no one will say, ‘See here!’ or ‘There!’ For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Then he told the disciples: “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you won’t see it. They will say to you, ‘See there!’ or ‘See here!’ Don’t follow or run after them. For as the lightning flashes from horizon to horizon and lights up the sky, so the Son of Man will be in his day. But first it is necessary that he suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man: People went on eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah boarded the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in the days of Lot: People went on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building. But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, a man on the housetop, whose belongings are in the house, must not come down to get them. Likewise the man who is in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke 17:20-35)
Pastor John’s Notes:
The return of Jesus Christ will be sudden and afterward everything will be different. We experience sudden changes in life during our course on earth, some good, some bad. We may know that a certain event will soon take place, a graduation, a wedding, or the passing of someone we love. Then the even occurs, life is changed, and there is no going back. Jesus has given us a gift in his teaching. He does not want us to wonder whether or not he will return. He wants us to have assurance and to do the work that is necessary to prepare us for his coming kingdom.
Thank you, Jesus, for teaching us the truth. Let these days be days of preparation for us. Let your Holy Spirit do his work within us day-by-day. Implant in us a spirit of joy and expectation that we will soon be with you.