This post is part of a series that will take us up to the Easter holiday that celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord.
Mark 13:24–37 (ESV) – 24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”
Jesus told his followers that one day he will return and gather his people together. In that day even the heavens will quake. Christ will come with great power and glory.
Of course, this brings up the question of timing. When will Jesus return? Many people have tried to figure that out through the years and they have all failed. Each claiming to have figured out some secret from the Scriptures that others had missed. However, there is one thing that Jesus makes clear from our reading: no one knows the day or the hour. The timing of Jesus’ return has not been revealed to us and it is not God’s intent for us to try to figure it out. Our focus should be on living in obedience and as witnesses of the truth of the gospel until the day arrives. What will Christ find us doing when he returns?
Lord, help us to bring glory to you and tell the world about all that Christ has done until the day he returns. Amen.
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