Luke and The Lost
We have heard many stories and predictions concerning the coming of Christ. Every time a prediction is announced and publicized, I imagine Jesus looking down and saying, “Nope, not today, give them one more day.” As evil grows and births new ways to sin, we shake our heads and wonder when God will say, “Enough!” as He did in Noah’s day. Even so come, Lord Jesus, come, we sing in lament.
Jesus give us some perspective about the coming of the Kingdom of God. “God’s Kingdom is already here among you”, Jesus answers the religious of his day. It’s all about Jesus come, who was God’s Son, standing right in front of them. The Pharisees who were no longer living for God didn’t get it. Do we?
When we repent, turn away from sin and turn to Jesus and follow His ways, we are now living in God’s Kingdom! Because of Jesus we have already entered the Kingdom of God. He is here among those who believe. But wait, there’s more! He is coming back physically and in power to take us where He is…when we least expect it. He simply comes. Are we ready?
No man or woman predicts it. No one is in charge of the time, only God knows. He simply comes. And here is a great thought to consider, “The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see.” Jesus simply comes. He comes to save us from all sin when we give up and repent. He then dwells in our hearts, guides our minds with His Holy Spirit and fills our empty souls with all of Him. If allowed, He will continually transform us, getting us ready to live with him forever.
God’s Kingdom come…on His terms. Lose self-Gain Life forever with Him. He simply comes.
Luke 17, The Message
When the Son of Man Arrives
20-21 Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, “The kingdom of God doesn’t come by counting the days on the calendar. Nor when someone says, ‘Look here!’ or, ‘There it is!’ And why? Because God’s kingdom is already among you.”
22-24 He went on to say to his disciples, “The days are coming when you are going to be desperately homesick for just a glimpse of one of the days of the Son of Man, and you won’t see a thing. And they’ll say to you, ‘Look over there!’ or, ‘Look here!’ Don’t fall for any of that nonsense. The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes.
24-25 “You know how the whole sky lights up from a single flash of lightning? That’s how it will be on the Day of the Son of Man. But first it’s necessary that he suffer many things and be turned down by the people of today.
26-27 “The time of the Son of Man will be just like the time of Noah—everyone carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ship. They suspected nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away.
28-30 “It was the same in the time of Lot—the people carrying on, having a good time, business as usual right up to the day Lot walked out of Sodom and a firestorm swept down and burned everything to a crisp. That’s how it will be—sudden, total—when the Son of Man is revealed.
31-33 “When the Day arrives and you’re out working in the yard, don’t run into the house to get anything. And if you’re out in the field, don’t go back and get your coat. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.
34-35 “On that Day, two men will be in the same boat fishing—one taken, the other left. Two women will be working in the same kitchen—one taken, the other left.”
37 Trying to take all this in, the disciples said, “Master, where?”
He told them, “Watch for the circling of the vultures. They’ll spot the corpse first. The action will begin around my dead body.”
Think about it…
–God’s Kingdom is here, living in those who believe and live for Him.
–Jesus will simply come back again to claim His own.
–Complacency is today’s enemy. Be ready for His coming. Continue the work He has given us to do as we allow Him to transform us daily to be who He intended for us to be.
–“The action will begin around my dead body.” –Jesus
–God’s Kingdom is now! Jesus defeated death and lives!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Word, a Light in the dark world, guides our thoughts and thrills our souls. We repent of worry about when and relax in the thought of You. You simply come. You are already here in our hearts, minds and souls. You love, forgive, show mercy and extend grace. You are Kingdom come. May Your Kingdom come and reign supremely in us today! And may others see You in us with a desire to seek and follow You, too.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.