Daily Devotional Thursday 16th January 2020

by William Moody

Luke 21:20–28

Jesus Foretells Destruction of Jerusalem

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Coming of the Son of Man

25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


As Jesus continues His teaching about the destruction of Jerusalem and the last days, He is encouraging people to read the signs of the times. The presence of an army is a sign that destruction is near and it is time to flee (v20-24).

Likewise, there will be signs of the coming of Christ which people need to heed. Jesus has already spoken of the signs of false teachers (v8), wars (v9-10), natural signs (v11) and persecution (v12), and now He speaks of heavenly signs (v25-26). The signs are there to tell people to get ready.

For believers Jesus’ return will mean deliverance and the completion of redemption (v27-28). Jesus, this time comes in power to put all His enemies under Him (see Luke 20 v42-43).

In trying days God’s people need always keep one eye on Jesus’ glorious and victorious return. In speaking of seeing the returning Jesus, John speaks of how it will cause believers to purify themselves (1 John 3 v2-3).

Are you thinking seriously about Jesus’ return and being ready for it?

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