What Jesus Did! 'This Generation' — Mark 13:30

Friday, September 30, 2016

"I tell you the truth. All these things will happen while people of this time are still living."
— Mark 13:30 NLT
Illustration of Mark 13:30 NLT — "I tell you the truth. All these things will happen while people of this time are still living."

Key Thought

There are many ways this statement has been interpreted: (1) Some understand this to mean that all of Mark 13 is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem—which occurred in the Jewish war with Rome in A.D. 66-70. (2) Others see it to mean that all these events happened in the first generation of believers and that we have been on the edge of Jesus' return ever since. (3) Some even declare that Jesus was wrong and this promise wasn't fulfilled. (4) Others even claimed that Jesus returned and many Christians missed him. While I believe the second is the more probable (and the third and fourth seem ludicrous to me), the point is that Jesus' own word, his assurance, stands behind his promised return. He has triumphed over death once through his resurrection. He will triumph a second and final time completely, when he returns and destroys death and brings immortality to life. And the unfolding of this promise begins at any moment!

Today's Prayer

Father, give me faith to believe that your Son's return is always imminent! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 1:4-5
  • Revelation 1:3, 7
  • 2 Peter 3:3-10

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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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