The Answer, Part One

I left you with a question yesterday – with the promise of an answer today. Jesus’ followers asked him this question: “Lord, is this the time when You will reestablish the kingdom and restore it to Israel?” (Acts 1:6 AMP)

When we read Scripture, as when we read someone’s text, we don’t always get the tone of voice or facial expression that we might have were we talking face-to-face. I like to think, because of how Jesus seems to work with me, that He responded to their question with gentleness and not condemnation. So would you imagine Him gently saying these words to His followers – perhaps with a loving and understanding look on His face?

“It is not for you to know times or season which the Father has put in His own authority.” (Acts 1:7)

You may be thinking: well that’s just great – that’s no answer at all! 

Scripture tells us many things about the kingdom of God, but is silent on the actual timing. I think Jesus is telling His followers that there are some things that we can’t begin to fathom, some things that are “secret things.”

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

But why would God keep it a secret? Jesus has told us SO much about the kingdom of God – seems like the timing might be another important piece of the puzzle! Because God is God and we are not, we trust Him that He knows exactly what He’s doing by holding this “secret” to Himself.

Scripture does give us a clue what to do in the meantime: “Watch! Be alert! For you don’t know when the time is coming.” (Mark 13:33)

What would you do differently if you knew that Jesus would be returning in 2091 or 3030? Might you have absolutely no sense of urgency in being salt and light in your world? Might you get lazy in fulfilling the Great Commission to share the Gospel with the world?

What would you do differently if you knew that Jesus would be returning TOMORROW? What would you be doing with your time, with your money, with your testimony? Well, dear friend, that’s what you should be doing today! 

By Judy Shrout

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