(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).