What Jesus Did! 'Not Business as Usual' — Luke 17:28-30

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

"It will be the same as during the time of Lot when God destroyed Sodom. Those people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building houses for themselves. The people were doing these things even on the day when Lot left town. Then fire and sulphur rained down from the sky and killed them all. This is exactly how it will be when the Son of Man comes again."
— Luke 17:28-30
Illustration of Luke 17:28-30 — "It will be the same as during the time of Lot when God destroyed Sodom."

Key Thought

Just as in the previous verses, Jesus warns again that people will not be paying attention when he comes. They will have settled into their ungodly lifestyles and will be totally surprised. For those not ready, it will be a time of destruction. However, it will be a time of celebration for those of us who are joyously anticipating his return. Yet even for us, the potential of Jesus' coming today should help us sharpen our focus and live with a special spiritual intensity. How would your life be lived today, tomorrow, and all the tomorrows which follow if each day you lived as if Jesus were returning that day? That's how Jesus wants us to live each day.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, God Almighty who controls the day of the Lord's return, help me live with renewed intensity knowing that Jesus' return could happen at any time, even today. In his name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

It will be the same when the Son of Man comes again as it was when Noah lived. In the time of Noah, people were eating, drinking, and getting married even on the day when Noah entered the boat. Then the flood came and killed all the people. It will be the same as during the time of Lot when God destroyed Sodom. Those people were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, and building houses for themselves. The people were doing these things even on the day when Lot left town. Then fire and sulphur rained down from the sky and killed them all. This is exactly how it will be when the Son of Man comes again. "On that day, if a man is on his roof, he will not have time to go inside and get his things. If a man is in the field, he cannot go back home. Remember what happened to Lot's wife ? The person that tries to save his life will lose it. But the person that gives his life away will save it. At the time when I come again, there may be two people sleeping in one room. One person will be taken and the other person will be left. There may be two women working together. One woman will be taken and the other woman will be left." The followers asked Jesus, "Where will this be, Lord?" Jesus answered, "People can always find a dead body by looking for the vultures. "

Luke 17:26-37

Related Scripture Readings

Brothers and sisters, be patient; the Lord {Jesus} will come. So be patient until that time. Farmers are patient. A farmer waits for his valuable crop to grow up from the earth. A farmer waits patiently for his crop to receive the first rain and the last rain. You must be patient, too. Don't stop hoping. The Lord {Jesus} is coming soon. Brothers, and sisters, don't complain against each other. If you don't stop complaining, you will be judged guilty. And the Judge is ready to come!

James 5:7-9

Always be happy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be happy. Let all people see that you are gentle and kind. The Lord is coming soon.

Philippians 4:4-5

So prepare your minds for service, and have self-control. All your hope should be for the gift of grace (kindness) that will be yours when Jesus Christ appears (comes). In the past you did not understand about these things, so you did the evil things you wanted. But now you are children {of God} who obey. So don't live like you lived in the past. But be holy in all the things you do, the same as God is holy. God is the One who called you. The Scriptures say, "Be holy, because I (God) am holy."

1 Peter 1:13-16

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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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