What Jesus Did! 'Signs of the End?' — Luke 17:37

Saturday, October 17, 2015

The followers asked Jesus, "Where will this be, Lord?" Jesus answered, "People can always find a dead body by looking for the vultures."
— Luke 17:37 NLT
Illustration of Luke 17:37 NLT — The followers asked Jesus, "Where will this be, Lord?" Jesus answered, "People can always find a dead body by looking for the vultures."

Key Thought

There will be signs that these things (mentioned in the previous verses discussing Jesus' return) are about to happen. The sign of vultures in the sky alert the onlooker that something has died nearby. Well, what are these signs? Luke 17 reveals the signs Jesus has given: 1) Some will say he has already returned; 2) the Son of Man (Jesus) will have suffered terribly (i.e., gone to the cross); 3) people will be going about their daily lives. Well, if those are Jesus' signs, then it sounds like just about any ordinary time after Jesus has been crucified. Yes, I believe that is the point. We must be ready all the time at any time. From the day of Pentecost when the first people became Christians until today, we have been in the last days. Jesus stands close to the edge of time and when the Father says "Now!" Jesus will visibly and undeniably step back into our world and claim his disciples and take them home to his Father in heaven. Throughout this discussion, Jesus has repeatedly warned his disciples to always be ready. He says it again in this passage in a slightly different way, but with an equally clear message: "My coming is always near. Any time that looks like a normal day could be my time to come!"

Today's Prayer

Father, make my heart ready for the time of Jesus' return. Give me passion each day to live for you and your Kingdom as if it were my last day. Make me ready for the coming of my Lord. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 2:14-19
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
  • Matthew 24:36


About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.