What Jesus Did! 'Gathering His Chosen!' — Matthew 24:29-31

Saturday, November 11, 2017

"Soon after the trouble of those days, this will happen: 'The sun will become dark, and the moon will not give light. The stars will fall from the sky, and everything in the sky will be changed.' "At that time, there will be something in the sky that shows the Son of Man coming. All the people of the world will cry. All the people will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky. The Son of Man will come with power and great glory. The Son of Man will use a loud trumpet to send his angels all around the earth. The angels will gather his chosen people from every part of the earth."
— Matthew 24:29-31 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 24:29-31 NLT — "Soon after the trouble of those days, this will happen: 'The sun will become dark, and the moon will not give light. The stars will fall from the sky, and everything in the sky will be changed.' "

Key Thought

Once again, much debate is spent on Matthew 24 trying to decide whether or not Jesus is talking about the Fall of Jerusalem or the End of Time, or both. The key point, it seems to me, is that when Jesus comes, there will be no doubt that he has come. It won't be a secret meeting of just the "few and faithful" who are in his inner circle. Everyone will know. Those not ready will be terrified. Believers will rejoice because their ultimate salvation and vindication are near. They will get to go home in victory and share in the presence of the Son and the Almighty forever. So under times of great distress, we are not to believe the rumors and innuendo from Satan that Jesus isn't coming. He is coming, and when he comes, it will be in triumph.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, by your sovereign power, please rescue all of those who believe in you and are looking forward to the coming of Jesus. May his return find me waiting with great anticipation. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thess.4:13-18
  • 1 Cor. 15:51-54
  • 2 Thess. 1:10

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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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