What Jesus Did! 'Like Lightning!' — Matthew 24:23-28

Friday, November 10, 2017

"At that time, some person might say to you, 'Look, there is the Christ!' Or another person might say, 'There he is!' But don't believe them. False Christs and false prophets will come and do great things and miracles. They will do these things to the people God has chosen. They will do these things to try to fool his people, if that is possible. Now I have warned you about this before it happens. "Some person might tell you, 'The Christ is there in the desert!' But don't go into the desert to look for the Christ. Another person might say, 'There is the Christ in that room!' But don't believe that. When the Son of Man comes, he will be seen by all people. It will be like lightning flashing in the sky that can be seen everywhere. {My coming will be clear, the same as} any time you see vultures gathering, you know there is a dead body."
— Matthew 24:23-28 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 24:23-28 NLT — "At that time, some person might say to you, 'Look, there is the Christ!"

Key Thought

Pretenders and deceivers! That's what Jesus calls them. They are fakes, phonies, and liars. When Jesus returns, he assures us that there won't be any doubt about it. Everyone will know just as lightning can be seen on the horizon. His return will be with glory and power. This glorious day will not be hidden from anyone. Instead, it will be a day to glory in for all of God's people! So we are not to lose heart as we wait for his return. We haven't missed the boat. He hasn't forgotten us. When he comes we'll share in his victory!

Today's Prayer

O Lord, please give me patience as I wait for Jesus' return and the vindication of your truth before all peoples. Please bless the efforts to win the lost of every nation so that they, too, can be prepared for that glorious day. Forgive me of the sins of doubt and impatience and replace them with confidence and anticipation of the Lord's return. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Cor. 11:14-15
  • 1 Jn. 2:18-29
  • Phil. 2:10-11


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.

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