What Jesus Did! 'Angels Are Coming!' — Matthew 16:27-28

Monday, August 9, 2021

[Jesus said,] "For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom."
— Matthew 16:27-28 NLT

Key Thought

The story of Jesus doesn't end with the cross. Because his story doesn't end there, neither does the story of his followers. Jesus will return. Everyone will be judged by him. For those who have followed him, who have surrendered to his lordship, his coming is much anticipated. With longing, we as his disciples await that day because it will be the vindication of our faith.

We give our allegiance to a crucified Messiah and are part of an upside down Kingdom because we believe that Jesus died, was buried, was raised, now lives with power, and one day will return with the angels for us. When all the stories are over and the last chapter is read, we will be with Jesus and share in his victory.

Today's Prayer

Almighty God, I confess to you that it is hard for me to wait. I don't like putting things off, and I surely don't like to wait. Please give me more patience and a deeper inner conviction of and longing for the return of Jesus. I pray in my Lord's name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 13:41-43
  • Matthew 24:30-31
  • Matthew 25:31-32


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Illustration of Matthew 16:27-28 NLT — "For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds.

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.

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.