What Jesus Did! 'Caught Up in the Clouds!' — Luke 17:34-36

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

[Talking about his return, Jesus said,] "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."
— Luke 17:34-36 NLT
Illustration of Luke 17:34-36 NLT — "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."

Key Thought

Being taken with Jesus is often called the rapture, although that term is never used in the New Testament in this regard. I prefer to call it "caught up in the clouds!" This phrase comes from Paul's explanation of these events in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. When Jesus ascended into heaven, the apostles were told that Jesus would also return in the clouds (Mark 13:26). We await this day of victory and glory that is promised. However, for those who do not belong to the Lord, this will be a day they are left behind. Meanwhile, the children of God will receive their ultimate adoption as his children and will be ushered into his presence by Jesus in his glory and in the glory of the angels that accompany him.

Today's Prayer

Father, I long for and look forward to the day of Jesus' return. My only anxiety about that day is that I want all those I know to be ready and to accompany me into your presence. Please give me the words to say and the character of life to show these friends, acquaintances, and loved ones how to be ready and to anticipate this day with joy. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18
  • Acts 1:6-11
  • Revelation 1:5-7

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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