Today's Lectionary Text
As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.
In today’s verse Jesus is warning his disciples of the things to come after his death and resurrection. He is laying out the challenges they will face while letting them know the Holy Spirit will be with them in the trials.
The first thing that came to my mind after reading today’s scripture was what would it look like in today’s world when Christ comes back? In this age of social media, almost instant news coverage, and the ability to know what is happening across the globe in hours or mere minutes, how will Jesus make his presence known?
I don’t imagine he will announce his arrival via Facebook live or put up an Instagram story trumpeting his return. I don’t think he will take to twitter to rebuke the Christian world and I’m not certain he will send out his message to followers through Snap chat.
What if his arrival isn’t immediately known in America? What if it isn’t in Israel? We all have ideas of what the second coming looks like. I imagine it will be nothing like what any of us are thinking.
“Many will come in my name claiming I am he and will deceive many.”
In this fractured world of my news and your news it will become even harder to discern what is truth and what is deception. My hope is that Jesus will drop the scales of bias, privilege and suspicion from our eyes revealing his truth to his faithful followers.
I pray we are ready to accept it when the time comes.
Communications Administrative Assistant
Prayer for Reflection
Lord and savior, prepare our hearts for your coming and help us to build your kingdom on earth in anticipation of that day.
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