Read thru New Testament Devotional – April 20, 2017

April 20

 

Luke 17:20-37

Luke 17:20-The Pharisees question Jesus concerning when the Kingdom of God would come.  He tells them that there would not be physical signs...because the kingdom of God "is in your midst" (:21).  By this Jesus was telling them that it was already there, they just did not recognize it…because they did not recognize Him, or Who He is.  Jesus then tells His disciples what will happen prior to the revealing of the Son of Man.  They will be carrying on with life as always, not expecting anything to happen.  Before much time passes, He will not be with them…and they will longingly remember the time they had with Him (:22).  Then, they will long for His return.  However, don’t get caught up in all of the talk about signs saying that He has returned.  When it happens, there will be no doubt about it (:23-24).  Before the kingdom of God can truly be established, He must first be rejected by His own people (the Jews) and be crucified (:25).  Then, He will return, but it will not be when people are expecting Him and are ready.  It will be like it was during the life of Noah and Lot…people will be going through their daily routines without even so much of a thought about Him…and suddenly, He will return (:26-30).  So, Jesus gives several illustrations that emphasize that they need to be ready for Him to return, whenever it happens.  The Pharisees has asked “when” the kingdom of God would arrive (:20).  Jesus has explained that they should not be concerned about when it will take place.  But, that they should be ready no matter when it takes place.  So, the disciples now ask “where” it will take place (:37).  Jesus doesn’t tell them exactly where, but He tells them what to look for…”Where the body is, there also will the vultures be gathered.”  This is a reference to the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:17-19).

Prayer: Lord, help me to live in anticipation of Your coming...as if I knew that You were coming tomorrow.  Lord, while my heart yearns for You to come tomorrow...there are many of my family and friends that do not yet know You as their Savior.  So please be patient a little longer...and bring them to You.

 

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