PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 13:24-27
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“People will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:26)
This is a vision of how this stage of human history will end.
There will be a climax of evil, when the whole universe will seem to collapse.
Which means, we haven’t seen anything yet; things will slowly go from bad to worse.
It seems we are seeing signs of it now already… so fasten your seatbelts.
But Jesus is urging his followers to keep looking up, to keep waiting for him.
This is like The Lord of the Rings, when Gandalf leaves before the battle of Helms Deep.
He gives them hope: ‘at first light, on the fifth day, at dawn… look to the east!’
Gandalf comes to the rescue, and evil is routed, and the king’s people are saved.
The angels gather the elect “from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.” (Mark 13:27)
This means the living and the dead, those that survived but also all those that died.
The victory of Jesus at the end is not too late for those who have died.
Jesus, the humble son of man (Daniel 7:1-14) will beat all evil, including death.
For those who know and feel the weight of evil and darkness, this is a great hope.
Through all times of distress, ‘look to the east’, this Jesus will come!
Lord, right now I am feeling the distress rising – with this pandemic, with the coming of winter, with concerns relating to mental health and the struggling economy, and with political tensions and polarization… help me to keep looking for you!