Thursday, September 29, 2016

This Generation – Mark 13:30

Key Passage

“I tell you the truth. All these things will happen while people of this time are still living.”

— Mark 13:30 ERV (Read Full Text)

Key Thought

There are many ways this statement has been interpreted: (1) Some understand this to mean that all of Mark 13 is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem—which occurred in the Jewish war with Rome in A.D. 66-70. (2) Others see it to mean that all these events happened in the first generation of believers and that we have been on the edge of Jesus’ return ever since. (3) Some even declare that Jesus was wrong and this promise wasn’t fulfilled. (4) Others even claimed that Jesus returned and many Christians missed him. While I believe the second is the more probable (and the third and fourth seem ludicrous to me), the point is that Jesus’ own word, his assurance, stands behind his promised return. He has triumphed over death once through his resurrection. He will triumph a second and final time completely, when he returns and destroys death and brings immortality to life. And the unfolding of this promise begins at any moment!


Father, give me faith to believe that your Son’s return is always imminent! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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