HOLY WEEK 2014 – WEDNESDAY
25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
After cleansing and teaching in the Temple, Jesus and his disciples make their way to the Mount of Olives where the disciples begin asking Him questions privately about the future. Jesus begins telling them what will come to pass in the generations to follow. He tells them that there will be times of deception and war. There will be great natural disasters, famines and disease. He tells them that before all of this, they themselves will be persecuted and that God will use this time of suffering in their lives to give them opportunities to proclaim the gospel to the most powerful people in the world. He then told them about the destruction of Jerusalem. But, Jesus reassures them, that this is not how it’s all going to end. He tells them that just as he came into this world to inaugurate His kingdom, He will come again to consummate it. Only this time, he’s not coming as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, tucked away in a manger in the dark of night. No, this time, the whole world will know of his arrival, the Heavens are going shake and Jesus will burst on to the scene riding in a cloud in all His power and glory to visibly rule and reign among us. While this may strike fear in the hearts of those who reject Jesus as Lord, they are words of hope for all those who accept Jesus as king!
While the news of His return brought great hope to the disciples, there was still work to be done before Jesus left. Only days away from His crucifixion, Jesus and His disciples began to prepare to celebrate passover.
- How does the thought of Jesus’ return in power and glory make you feel? Does it make you anxious or fearful or does it bring a sense of hope and peace?
- How does what you believe about who Jesus is change the way you perceive the current condition of the world?
- If you really believe that Jesus is coming back to consummate the kingdom He already inaugurated, how does that change the way you live right now?