Mark 13:24-27 24
“But in those days, following that
distress, “‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light; 25
the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly
bodies will be shaken.’
that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and
And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds,
from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
Christ is not just coming back. He’s coming
back for His elect! And we need to be ready!
The darkness in this passage is judgment.
Christ will condemn the rebels after the tribulation. And He will come with the
power to make everything right. The sun, moon and stars darken in the face of
the true light of the world. In the final Heaven there will be no day or night;
Christ will be the light, and this event nods to that.
Another time it was dark all over the earth was
when Jesus died on the cross. At that time condemnation for sin was coming from
God onto His Son! Jesus was paying the penalty for our sins, which we couldn’t
pay. One day Christ will come back in judgment and the lights will go out
Thessalonians 1:5-10 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you
will be counted worthy of the kingdom
of God, for which you are
suffering. 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to
those who trouble you 7 and give
relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the
Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
8 He will punish those who do not know
God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting
destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of
his might 10 on the day he comes
to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who
have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.
This passage tells five things about the judgment that will
come against those who rebel.
Romans 8:18-23 18 I consider that our present sufferings are
not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For
the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
20 For the creation was subjected to
frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected
it, in hope 21 that the creation
itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom
and glory of the children of God.
know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth
right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the
firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption
to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
There are five promises of comfort in this passage:
will repay with affliction those who afflicted us. (God doesn’t appreciate
those who pick on His kids!) God doesn’t judge because he’s harsh, but
because He cares. He cares about the indifference toward a suffering
neighbor, about people who don’t hear the Gospel.
will come with His mighty angels. They will be mighty, strong and flaming
will deal out retribution to those who don’t know Him. God knows us! We should know Him! If we reject His offering, His
love, His gift…we will face
against those who do not know the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. The Gospel is
a command for us to repent and believe. The gift has expectations. Jesus
has done everything necessary for us to be saved. We then need to turn
from sins and trust in His provision alone! These warnings are a kindness
to us. They are full of mercy and grace.
will pay the penalty of eternal destruction. People sometimes don’t want
to turn to Christ right now because there’s a price to pay: dying to self,
turning from sin, but the price is infinitely higher if we don’t turn to
Him and all of a sudden it’s too late. A lot of people don’t believe in
condemnation because they don’t think they are guilty. But we are. We all are! Everyone is going to see
His return! For some it will be for the condemnation, for others for the
deliverance. He will send out His angels to gather His believers together.
Glory will eclipse
We’re all living in
futile times. That’s why bad stuff keeps happening. Expect suffering – don’t be surprised. Because we live in a fallen
Freedom is coming!
Today is hard and difficult, but persevere! It’s not far away.
Creation is suffering
now too. That will also change. And our bodies will be redeemed and we will be
adopted as sons and daughters.
We have our hope and
that hope allows us to persevere.
The first time Christ came, it was private. He was
born in a stable. In His ministry He was misunderstood. The next time He comes
everyone will see it happen and everything will be very clear! We need to be
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