June 11, 2017
He’s Coming! Get Ready!
- Abraham Wright -
Luke 17:22-37 (NASB)
And He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. They will say to you, ‘Look there! Look here!’ Do not go away, and do not run after them. For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. [Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”] And answering they *said to Him, “Where, Lord?” And He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will be gathered.”
This particular passage of scripture is very debatable and controversial. Some see these words as already being fulfilled when Christ came in judgment in A.D. 70 of the Jewish people. I will take the approach today that this particular passage is primarily referring to Christ’s second coming. Could this also have been fulfilled in A.D. 70? Yes. If so, I believe there can easily be a double fulfillment. So, that horrific day of destruction that occurred in A.D. 70 can be a shadow of the future judgment that is to come upon our world.
- The return of Christ should create a longing in our heart.
The time is coming when you will long to see the day when the Son of Man returns… (Luke 17:22).
- Everyone will see, and everyone will know when Christ returns.
People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here He is,’ but don’t go out and follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes (Luke 17:23-24).
- Jesus had to die in His first coming so we could truly live in His second coming.
But first, the Son of Man must suffer terribly and be rejected by this generation (Luke 17:25).
- The enjoyment and demands of life will blind people to the return of Christ.
When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat, and the flood came and destroyed them all. And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building—until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed (Luke 17:26-30).
- We should loosen our grip on everything but Jesus.
On that day a person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return home. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it (Luke 17:31-33).
- The return of Christ will be a devastating day of separation and destruction.
That night two people will be asleep in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour together at the mill; one will be taken, the other left.” “Where will this happen, Lord?” the disciples asked. Jesus replied, “Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near” (Luke 17:34-37).
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