Terrible things are in store for the world, Jesus says. Nations will rise against nations, persecutions will become the norm, the temple will be destroyed (and it was), and nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is about to happen in the world. But the world will not end that way. These are only signs of the end. Whatever terrible times we are experiencing in our lives, things will not end in disasters and anxieties. At the end, when we lift our heads, we will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. We will see our redemption. We will see the kingly reign of God, which we have prayed daily to come, actually come. We will stand before the Son of Man.
Living life in this fallen world is difficult, but those who keep focused on the vision of the returning Jesus, will get through this life carefully, watchfully and prayerfully. They will stand blameless before him when he returns. Remember the grace you’ve already received and the grace you will receive when Christ returns. And keep going…
• ‘All’s well that ends well.’ How does the knowledge of the return of Jesus Christ put the troubles in your life in perspective?
• Does the vision of Jesus’ return fill you with joy or fear? Why?