Lessons from Luke

God never holds us accountable for what we don’t know, only for the truth He has revealed to us

When Will Jesus Come Back? – Part II

Scripture Reading: Luke 17:20-32

Key Verse: Luke 17:30

“Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

Yesterday we looked at the first part of Jesus’s conversation with the Pharisees concerning His second coming and the completion of the Kingdom of God.

Today we study the third warning in this passage. It was about the way the non-believers will be acting right up to the moment Jesus return. He compared it to the days before Noah and His family when they entered the Ark and God closed the door to anyone else. These pagans were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. Of course, we know that the flood came and destroyed them all but those in the Ark (Luke 17:27).

Jesus went on to illustrate what society will be like right before He comes again. To do so, He used the story of Lot in the Old Testament. Jesus reminded His listeners that the people during Lot’s time were eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming, and building until the morning Lot left the city of Sodom. The Bible tells us that when Lot got out of the city “fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:29).

Christ-follower, look around you and note the absolute disregard for the things of God in our world today. Our world’s highest values are about making money and having fun fulfilling the cravings of their flesh. Since we don’t know how much worse it will get before Jesus returns, we can’t predict be the date of His coming.

Surely you can agree with me that we must be diligent to stay connected with Jesus and obey all the truth that He reveals to us. God will never hold anyone accountable of what they are unaware. But God will hold us accountable for the knowledge that He has been revealed to us.

This “knowledge” is referred to in the Bible as “light”. The Apostle John speaks of it clearly: “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:6-7).

The all-important questions is: are you walking in the Light? Are you doing everything that you know to do to get connected with Jesus and keep that connection strong?

There is no question that you and all the world will see Jesus flash across the sky when He comes back. The question is, will you go up, when He comes down?

Father, I want to be ready. Please reveal to me any unfinished business I need to attend to before Jesus returns. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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