Mark 13: 24-27: ‘You can’t miss it.’

“‘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.”

26 ‘At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 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.” NIV UK

It’s a phrase often used by people giving directions: ‘You can’t miss it.’ What you often find is that you can! But when Jesus returns to the world (26; see Daniel 7:13) it will be unmissable. We need to remind ourselves that life will not go on forever as it is today. Jesus will come back.

At the moment, so much seems to be unravelling in our nation and across the world. It’s not surprising really. In our own culture, we have drifted far from God and His standards. It’s understandable if people ask, ‘What is the world coming to?’ But here’s a better question from a Christian perspective: ‘Who is coming to the world?’ The answer is Jesus. Are you ready to meet Him?

‘People get ready, there’s a train a comin’; you don’t need a ticket, you just get on board.’ This old spiritual song emphasises the freeness of salvation in Christ. It’s a gift to be received.

Now the way today’s section is placed, it looks like the second coming of Christ will occur right after the fall of Jerusalem. That manifestly did not happen. So did Jesus get it wrong? Over 1900 years have gone by since the Roman invasion of Jerusalem, and Jesus has not yet appeared. But let me urge you to consider the bigger picture. In God’s eyes a span of 1900 years is just like like on the way to a couple of days (2 Peter 3:8). Remember too that Jesus clearly stated that He did not know when the end of the world would happen (32).

(By the way, the references in verses 24,25 are drawn from Isaiah 13:10 and 34:4. See also Luke 21: 25, 26)