I praise you, Father, that You are always with me. Your hands uphold me and I can trust You.
Read Luke 17:20–37
The Coming of the Kingdom of God
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[a]
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day[b] will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”  [c]
37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.
He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”
a Luke 17:21 Or is within you
b Luke 17:24 Some manuscripts do not have in his day.
c Luke 17:36 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 24:40.
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ReflectListen to the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United. Prayerfully reflect on the words.
Jesus is invited to enter the Pharisees’ debate about the kingdom of God (20). He offers two pieces of advice: don’t try to construct a timetable (20); don’t imagine the kingdom is merely in the future. The kingdom is here now (21)! Like the Son of Man in Daniel (24; Daniel 7:13,14), Jesus had already initiated a kingdom that will have no end.
However, the full impact of God’s reign – which will be obvious to all (24) – still lies in the future. Jesus must first die (25), and then at some undetermined point in the future (22, 23), the kingdom will finally be established. The climax of history will take place in the context of normal daily life (26–35). And, just as in Noah’s day, some will be taken in judgment, and others left behind to be with the King in his kingdom.
Those of us who long for God’s future rule (Revelation 21:3–5) must not allow disappointment in what we cannot yet see rob us of our excitement about what is promised.
“Let your kingdom come, let your will be done on earth as in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) How can you play your part in this today?
Father in heaven, may I be about Your kingdom work today. May my heart be focused on eternity as I walk with You.