What Jesus Did! 'Watch for His Return!' — Mark 13:37

Saturday, October 5, 2024

[Talking about his second coming, Jesus continued,] "I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for [the Son of Man]!"
— Mark 13:37 NLT

Key Thought

As Jesus tells this story about his second coming (Mark 13:34-36), he is in effect saying, "Watch for my return!" Throughout his ministry, he emphasized that he, the Son of Man, would return in glory and with the angels of heaven. His return would usher in the ultimate victory of God and bring complete and eternal salvation for his followers. However, we must be watching and be prepared for his return. His voice, his words, his earnest pleading reach out to us through the centuries and beckon us to be waiting and longing for his return.

Today's Prayer

O Father, thank you for the assurance that your Son will return and usher your children into your presence and eternal glory. Thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 16:27
  • Matthew 25:31
  • Mark 8:38

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Illustration of Mark 13:37 NLT — [Talking about his second coming, Jesus continued,] "I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for [the Son of Man]!"

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 and is available in book form.

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