Day 263 – A Certain Hope
On: July 21, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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Jesus told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. “Truly I tell you, 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. Luke 21:29-33
Jesus weaves together several different perspectives in His narrative. We know, with the benefit of hindsight, that the destruction of Jerusalem (Day 261) referred to a historical episode that took place 40 years later. The coming of the Son of Man in the clouds (Day 262) has almost certainly not yet happened, some two millennia later. Today’s reference to the Kingdom of God being near, appears to have referred to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (40 days after Jesus was speaking).
Predicting the timing for the fulfilment of prophecy is something we are told not to do: But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matthew 24:36
It would, however, seem entirely reasonable to expect that, as part of what Jesus talked of has already been fulfilled, the remainder of His prediction will come to pass. I can have a certain hope that He will return in glory.
And how I live today will be governed by how I see tomorrow. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Father God, please free me from the desire for a comfortable life. Grant me boldness to stand up for what I believe in, whatever the consequence. Amen