What Jesus Did! 'No One Knows!' — Matthew 24:36-41

Monday, November 13, 2017

"No person knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don't know when that day or time will be. Only the Father knows. When the Son of Man comes, it will be the same as the thing that happened during Noah's time. In those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking. People were marrying and giving their children to be married. The people were still doing those things until the day Noah entered the boat. Those people knew nothing about what was happening. But then the flood came and all those people were destroyed. It will be the same when the Son of Man comes. Two men will be working together in the field. One man will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain with a mill. One woman will be taken and the other woman will be left."
— Matthew 24:36-41 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 24:36-41 NLT — "No person knows when that day or time will be."

Key Thought

Jesus makes clear that the exact moment of the Son of Man's coming is not certain. Whether he is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem or to his ultimate coming to bring time to an end is not so clear. To me, it seems fairly clear that while there will be very obvious signs of Jerusalem's imminent destruction, Jesus' return is incalculable. In fact, he tells his disciples three different stories to help them understand that they cannot know the exact time of his coming. He, himself, does not know the time of his own coming. Neither do the angels. The bigger issue is the surprise and unexpectedness of his arrival. It will seem like any ordinary day with eating and drinking and marrying going on just like in ordinary times. No one will be expecting it. But his disciples will be ready for it. It may be a surprise but they won't be unprepared!

Today's Prayer

O Mighty God, Ruler of the Ages, please give me patience and attentiveness while I wait for the coming of Jesus. May I be found faithful and righteous when Jesus comes and please help me as I seek to influence those in my family to not only love Jesus, but anticipate his coming. In the name of Jesus, my Coming King, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thess. 3:11-14
  • 1 Pet. 2:11-12
  • Gen. 6:5-8, 22


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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