Morning Reading for October 24

Matthew 24:29-35
(Mark 13:24-31; Luke 21:25-33)

Suggested further reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

In this part of the prophecy our Lord deals with his own second coming to judge the world. When the Lord Jesus returns to this world, he shall come with peculiar glory and majesty (v. 30). Before his presence the very planets shall be darkened and shaken (v. 29).

The second personal coming of our Lord shall be as different as possible from the first. He came the first time as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He was born in a manger in Bethlehem in lowliness and humiliation. He took on him the form of a servant and was despised and rejected by men. He was betrayed into the hands of wicked men, condemned by an unjust judgement, mocked, scourged, crowned with thorns and at last crucified between two thieves. He shall come the second time as the King of all the earth with all royal majesty. The princes and great men of this world shall themselves stand before his throne to receive an eternal sentence. Before him every mouth shall be stopped and every knee bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Maywe all remember this. Whatever ungodly men Maydo now, there will be no scoffing, no jesting at Christ, no infidelity at the last day. The servants of Jesus Maywell wait patiently. Their Master shall one day be acknowledged as King of kings by the whole world.

These verses teach us that when Christ returns he will first take care of his believing people (v. 31). In the Day of Judgement true Christians shall be perfectly safe. Not a hair of their heads shall fall to the ground. Not one bone of Christ's mystical body shall be broken. There was an ark for Noah in the day of the flood. There was a Zoar for Lot when Sodom was destroyed. There shall be a hiding-place for all believers in Jesus when the wrath of God at last bursts on this wicked world. Those mighty angels who rejoiced in heaven when each sinner repented shall gladly catch up the people of Christ to meet him in the air. Believers Maylook forward to that awful day without fear.

For meditation: Are you waiting for him? (Heb. 9:28).

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