Enough on climate change. We need to get back to listening to what God has in store for us, had in store for us, or is having in store for us. (depending on which theological system you want to cling to.)
Matthew 24:30-35 says, "At that time the
sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of
the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds
of the sky, with power and great glory.
he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather
his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the
learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender
and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."
The biggest problem with a passage like Matthew 24 is it's Jesus' apocalypto. This is the section matching Daniel and Revelation. It's awesome that Jesus' teachings continue to re-affirm the rest of scripture, but the base line is so hard to interpret.
If you take it 100% for face value, then you have to look at "this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened." That would mean that the disciples who were listening to Jesus' discourse would infer all these things were to happen soon.
If you say it's symbolic, then you have to deal with the issues concerning which passages are symbolism and which one's are literal.
It's quite a conundrum since there are SO many different theological systems built to interpret this kind of teaching.
I think maybe the layman's version of looking at this passage is to say…
1.) Jesus is coming back with great power and glory
2.) We don't really know when
3.) We know He's in control of the end.
4.) We know if we line up on His side of the story, they'll be much praise and thankfulness
Other than that, trying to pinpoint the date of Jesus' return, the timing historically when some of these things are going to happen, or trying to conjure up apocalyptic fear in the masses of people who get caught up in that stuff, is just a waste of time.
How are you living today as if Jesus was going to come back this afternoon?
How are you living today, knowing that some of this might have already happened?
How are you living today as an ambassador for the king of the Universe?
It shouldn't really be all that different.
Unless of course, you're one of those people who think you can do something about the nature of space and time as it relates to One Supreme God. And then, well, you've got some more reading to do.
Probably the most important verse in chapter 24 of Matthew is verse 44, "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
Let us be a people who live life to the fullest expecting the beauty and glory of the Lord to arrive at any minute.
May we see God, not as a get out of jail card, but rather; as the giver of life, the author of grace, and the master artist of forgiveness.
For He alone is worthy of all our praise!!
For those of you in the Nashville Area, I'll be there for the next three days.
Mon. 7:00 P.M. I'll be at 549 Grand Oaks Dr. in the Brentwood area.
Tues. I have morning meetings
Tues. Night I have a private dinner
But I'd love to get together if you have time. I'm off on Wed., back to Durango, and then a MUCH NEEDED break from traveling.
God bless. Hope to see you in Ten!