24 “So in those days there will be terrible suffering. After that, Scripture says, “ ‘The sun will be darkened. The moon will not shine. 25 The stars will fall from the sky. The heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ (Isaiah 13:10; 34:4) 26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds. He will come with great power and glory. 27 He will send his angels. He will gather his chosen people from all four directions. He will bring them from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. 28 “Learn a lesson from the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that the end is near. It is right at the door. 30 What I’m about to tell you is true. The people living now will certainly not pass away until all those things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away. But my words will never pass away.
In these words Jesus is reminding me that this world will not continue on as it always has. There will be a time, approaching us still, when the universe itself will be shaken from its normal course. Jesus will be at the centre of the inauguration of this restoration, the renewal of the universe.
I am therefore asked this question “am I more heavily invested in this world order, or in the coming order of Jesus Christ’? The test is simple. Am I more interested in following my own desires or in obeying Jesus?
Lord please create in me a cheerful heart of obedience, knowing that I am a citizen of your Kingdom, and you are a good King.
(Side note, when Jesus states that “this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened”, he is referring to what he discussed earlier, the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem that occurred in the life time of many of his disciples in 70AD).
Written by Andrew Mellor