As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, Luke 19:37 ESV
On Tuesday the ETBU group also visited the Mount of Olives. Jesus often took His disciple there to teach. In today’s verse Jesus and the disciples are coming down from the mountain heading to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. What had just transpired was what we now know as the Olivet Discourse. This is where Jesus tells the disciples about the End of the Age and what will transpire before Jesus second coming. All three of the synoptic Gospels recount this discourse.
As I write this, two days ago a massive tornado had made a path of destruction through More, Oklahoma and parts of Oklahoma City. The death toll is at 24 people. A few weeks ago a fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded killing fifteen and injuring over 150 people. Before that three were killed and hundreds injured in the terroristic bombing at the Boston Marathon. A civil war rages for the second year in Syria and may draw Israel into the fray. And the US is still involved in a war in Afghanistan and still has a presence in Iraq. In Asia North Korea is once again rattling sabers and making the world nervous. It would seem the time is ripe for the second coming.
Yet we are not the first age to feel Jesus must surely be coming soon. When Peter, John and Paul preached they felt the Jesus would return in their lifetime. During the Black Death Europe felt the time was then. I imaging many as war rage across the globe during World War II that the end was near. Every age since Jesus ascension has felt theirs was the last. Our age is no different.
After all it has been almost two thousand years since then surely God would not make us wait any longer. What we forget is that God’s timing is not ours. To humans who live maybe 70 to 80 years two thousand years seems like an eternity but to God it is but a blink of the eye. So do we just give up on Jesus’ second coming? Of course not. What we do is live like it will come in the moment and like it will not happen in our lifetime. We need to always be prepared to meet Jesus for the final judgment but also live our lives spreading the Gospel message to the world.
Jesus tells us that no one but the Father knows the day and hour of Jesus’ return. We need discernment to avoid prognosticators that have to latest calculations proving that Jesus will return on a date certain. We live for the moment of His return but we work for the glory and spread of the Kingdom.
Have a blessed day,