November 11 - Luke 17:20-37

Monday, November 11, 2013

Luke 17:20-37 – The Coming of the Kingdom of God

When will the kingdom of God come? This is a question that we have attempted to answer since Jesus went up into heaven. The thing is … there is no answer.

Jesus tells them that it does not come with their careful observation. It will not arrive during any of the observable celebrations or other religious observances. They hoped to be able to prepare for it by setting a date and time. Many expected the kingdom of God to arrive on the night of observation – Passover night. Others thought that it might come when they celebrated certain religious rituals. There will be no signs that allow people to predict the moment when it will arrive.

Most likely, there were those, who like Herod’s seers, read into the signs of the stars and the seasons as they attempted to predict the arrival of the kingdom.

Why should they not look? Because Jesus was standing right there in their midst and they didn't know what they were seeing. They had immediate access to the kingdom of God within themselves, all they had to do was acknowledge that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, the Son of God and the Savior of the world.

Luke presses forward and since Jesus is speaking with his disciples, he then turns to the future, when they will have a reason to look for his return. They should not listen to those who see signs in everything around them. The Lord will not return here and there. He will return in a flash … in a moment … in the lightning strike. There will be no time for preparation, he will simply arrive.

Be prepared. No one knows when and no one knows where. He will return.