Devotion

Daily Reflections – Higher Things

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

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Daily Lectionary:  Genesis 47:1-31; Mark 13:24-37

“Concerning the day or the hour, no one knows, not the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. So many people have been certain they knew when the world was going to end during my lifetime. Some preachers were sure that the Lord was going to return in 1988. The world was going to end in 2000 when the computers couldn’t handle the change to the next century. The world was going to end in 2012 when the Mayan calendar ran out of gas.

The Lord is very clear: No one knows the date of the end of the world. They don’t know the year, and they don’t know the hour. The angels don’t know. Jesus doesn’t even know. Only His Father knows.

What comfort! We don’t have to listen to anyone who tells us the world is going to end. When they give us a date, we can pray to God. When they warn us, we can look to Jesus. When they are certain of the day, we can trust in His Word and promise.

The world will end someday. Jesus says that nation will turn against nation. There will be wars and rumors of wars. There will be earthquakes. The Church will be attacked. People will fall away from the faith. Families will be ripped apart by the world’s hate for Jesus’ followers.

He will come in the clouds of heaven. The dead in Christ will rise from their tombs. We who are believers and are alive, will meet Him in the air and so we will always be with the Lord.

The Last Day isn’t supposed to scare you. That’s where the false prophets of the world get it wrong! The Last Day is the Lord’s coming to rescue you from all the evils of this world. He is going to bring you home to a place where there is no sin, no more pain, no more tears, and no more death. That’s why Paul tells us to “comfort one another” with the words about the Last Day! (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

You can be sure that the Father knows when Jesus is coming. You can also be sure that it’ll be for your comfort. For the One who comes in the clouds of heaven is the One who died on the Cross for youIn the Name + of Jesus. Amen. 

Those dear tokens of His passion, Still His dazzling body bears, Cause of endless exultation, To His ransom worshipers. With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture Gaze we on those glorious scars! (Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending, LSB 336:3)

 

 

 
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