"Where will this happen, Lord?" the disciples asked [when Jesus was talking about his return].
Jesus replied, "Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near."
— Luke 17:37 NLT
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 alerts the onlooker that something has died nearby. Well, what are these signs about Jesus' return? Luke 17 reveals the signs Jesus gave:
- Some will say he has already returned; 
- the Son of Man (Jesus) will have suffered terribly (i.e., gone to the cross); 
- people will be going about their daily lives. 
If those are Jesus' signs, then it sounds like just about any ordinary time after Jesus was 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 in Luke, Jesus repeatedly warned his disciples to be ready always. He said it again in this passage in a slightly different way, but with an equally clear message: "My coming is always near. Any time, even a normal-looking day, could be my time to come!"
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.