December 14, 2015

Matthew 24_30

Matthew 24:15-31

On August 5, 2001, it had to be another win for the Mariners. They led the Indians 14-2 at the seventh inning stretch. Wasn’t it obvious? Nope. Cleveland 15, Seattle 14.

“It’s not over ‘til it’s over” applies not only to baseball, but to the end of the world. Jesus says “false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Who knows if these false messiahs will perform the same miracles Jesus performed two thousand years ago? “Obviously it is him,” people will say. “Look! What love! What power!”

But at his return, Christ will not come from inside creation (“in the wilderness” or “in the inner rooms”) but from outside creation itself. The gospel is cosmic in scope. The universe will be shaken. Like a flash of lightning see across the entire sky, the coming of Christ will be immediately apparent to all the earth. When he comes, not a soul will be able to doubt.

The drama of history will end. They sky will come down like a curtain. When it’s over, everyone will know it’s over.

Prayer: Lord, help us joyfully wait. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.

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