The Coming of the Son of Man
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Luke 21:1-38, Luke 22:1-2, Daniel 7:13-14
BY Ellen Wildman
I love to be prepared. Maybe you too like to write out long to-do lists each morning, or you meal prep so that you don’t have to think about lunch during the busy weekdays, or you spend hours rehearsing for a big meeting, speech, or concert. We prepare for both the big and the little things in life to put ourselves at ease, to gain clarity, and to move through our days with a greater sense of peace. And by understanding today’s passages, we can become more prepared for the glorious return of Jesus Christ.
Luke writes that the Son of Man will come “with power and great glory” (Luke 21:27). I don’t know about you, but glory can feel like an elusive concept to me. It’s something my soul craves but I don’t experience in my day-to-day life. Glory is magnificence, great beauty, high renown, or honor.
Upon reflection, I can pinpoint moments in my life that fill me with a sense of smallness, reminders that there is something greater than just myself. A sunrise hike in Mykonos, cliff jumping in Tennessee, gazing up at redwood trees in California. I’m overwhelmed with awe when I realize that these magnificent things and moments are just a glimpse of His glory. And as I feel that amazement bloom within me, I can only imagine how that will be multiplied infinitely when Jesus returns for His people. His great glory, His mighty power, will be displayed for all to see. We will be awestruck and moved to praise like never before. I can’t wait.
It’s interesting to note here that Jesus’s glory-filled return will be something like His ascension—He will come to us physically and in a cloud (Acts 1:11). He will return, dwelling among us, and He will reign over a kingdom that will never be destroyed. Doesn’t that fill your heart with a wondrous anticipation? As we reflect on our reading for today may we feel at peace knowing that Jesus will return to us again. Our preparations and perseverance are important while we wait for this magnificent event. In the meantime, we are strengthened in knowing He is with us always (Matthew 28:20). May we look for His glory on display today while we wait for Him to come again.
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14 And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed. – Daniel 7:14
I believe !
Help me with my unbelief !!!
Everyone’s prayer !
This world needs Jesus now more than ever ❤️
“Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming my title and saying: “I am he, the Messiah: The time is at hand.” This literally reminds me of a show my mom is watching on Netflix. It’s called Messiah. A con-man is telling others that He came from God. I wonder how many times this must really happen in real life. Thats my biggest fear, that my family will renounce their faith to follow idols, or cults. I hope that our faith will be stronger than that. No one else can replace our Savior!
I hope that all of us will lead a good life and be better children of God. I hope that we will be able to live a genuine life full of God so we can be with Him when He comes back
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