What Jesus Did! 'Longing for the Son of Man' — Luke 17:22-24

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Then Jesus said to his followers, "The time will come when you will want very much to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not be able. People will say to you, 'Look, there it is!' or, 'Look, here it is!' Stay where you are; don't go away and search. "{You will know it} when the Son of Man comes again. On the day when he comes he will shine like lightning flashes across the sky."
— Luke 17:22-24
Illustration of Luke 17:22-24 — "The time will come when you will want very much to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not be able."

Key Thought

Jesus warns about two things important to disciples. First, they will long for the presence of the Son of Man—in other words, Jesus will be leaving them. Second, after Jesus has returned to God, people will make false claims that Jesus has returned and trouble his disciples into thinking they have missed his return. To the latter warning, Jesus makes a promise that when he returns, no one will miss his coming and no one will doubt his return. His return will be as clear as lightning which shatters the darkness of the night sky. As Christians, we wait in hope for this day and we long for the appearing of the Son of Man. Until that day and while we feel this longing, let's make every moment count as we live to honor our returning Lord and King!

Today's Prayer

God, my Abba Father, I long for the day I come home to you and share in the glory of your Son and the angels that will accompany him on his return for your children. Until that day, empower me to live boldly for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Some of the Pharisees asked Jesus, "When will the kingdom of God come?" Jesus answered, "God's kingdom is coming, but not in a way that you will be able to see with your eyes. People will not say, 'Look, God's kingdom is here!' Or, 'There it is!' No, God's kingdom is inside you." Then Jesus said to his followers, "The time will come when you will want very much to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not be able. People will say to you, 'Look, there it is!' or, 'Look, here it is!' Stay where you are; don't go away and search. "{You will know it} when the Son of Man comes again. On the day when he comes he will shine like lightning flashes across the sky. But first, the Son of Man must suffer many things and be killed by the people of this time.

Luke 17:20-25

Related Scripture Readings

From John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia : Grace (kindness) and peace to you from the One (God) who is, who {always} was, and who is coming; and from the seven spirits before his throne; and from Jesus Christ. Jesus is the faithful witness. He was first among those to be raised from death. Jesus is the ruler of the kings of the earth. Jesus is the One who loves us. And Jesus is the One who made us free from our sins with his blood (death). Jesus made us to be a kingdom. He made us to be priests who serve God his Father. To Jesus be glory and power forever and ever! Amen. Look, Jesus is coming with the clouds! Every person will see him, even the people who pierced him. All people of the earth will cry loudly because of him. Yes, this will happen! Amen.

Revelation 1:4-7

Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about those people who have died. We don't want you to be sad like other people—people who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died. But we believe that Jesus rose again. So, because of Jesus, God will raise to be with Jesus those people who have died. What we tell you now is the Lord's own message. We who are living now might still be living when the Lord comes again. We who are living at that time will be with the Lord, but not before those people who have already died. The Lord himself will come down from heaven. There will be a loud command. That command will be given with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God. And the people who have died and were in Christ will rise first. After that, we people who are still alive at that time will be gathered up with those people who have died. We will be taken up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

It will only take the time of a second. We will be changed as quickly as an eye blinks. This will happen when the last trumpet blows. The trumpet will blow and those {believers} who have died will be raised to live forever. And we {also} will all be changed. This {body} that will ruin must clothe itself with something that will never ruin. And this {body} that dies must clothe itself with something that will never die.

1 Corinthians 15:52-53

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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