PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 13:24-27
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.” (Mark 13:26)
Jesus echoes Isaiah 13:10, 34:4 to describe what seems like cosmic upheaval.
The stars and heavenly bodies were considered powerful beings, with the power to destroy.
We may not be feeling this right now, but I imagine those in Gaza feel this.
Missiles like shooting stars, the whole world around them shaking.
We don’t have to take these words literally to take them seriously.
Yet Jesus was not just mean a distant future time; what he says applies to all of history.
All through history there have been times like this – tumultuous misery and crisis.
I believe that we are always going through these days, somewhere in the world.
Just because we don’t live in them ourselves, doesn’t mean they are not happening.
Jesus’s point is not to scare the disciples, but to urge them to keep looking to him.
No matter how strong the evil and misery seem, Jesus remains greater still!
Through all the upheaval of history, I see Jesus standing on the stormy waves.
Through all the starry missiles and bomb-quakes, Jesus remains unfazed and undefeated.
He WILL be seen by those who refuse to give in to the darkness, who keep looking to his light!
Lord, be near to those who are going through the storm right now. No matter how bad it gets, the storm cannot sink you. No matter how powerful the crisis seems, you are greater still!