April 26 | Matthew 24:31
“And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:31)
When Jesus came to the end of his earthly ministry and life, he was thinking about the end of time when he would rescue all of his saints. The disciples asked him about the end times, and Jesus was happy to talk about his victory lap.
It’s hard for us to think about the end times when we are in the middle of trial and suffering. We are shortsighted, and need Jesus’ long-term vision. Even though it’s sad to look at what is coming on Good Friday, we must not forget Resurrection Sunday and his victory over all evil in the end times.
The most encouragement Christians gave to one another every Sunday then was, “He is risen,” to which the other seat would reply, “He is risen indeed.” They were facing hardships like never before. Every time we suffer for the gospel, we need to remember Jesus is coming back for us.
The more pain we feel, suffering we do, and trials we face, let us fix our eyes on Jesus. Let’s raise our heads toward heaven and look at the clouds. One of these days when the Father says, “Go,” to Jesus, he will be right there to bring us home.
Action Step: Look up to heaven and see your salvation. Imagine what it will be like to see Jesus in the clouds beckoning for you. This world has tribulation, strife, and pain. But we have a far greater inheritance in Jesus. Be encouraged in the middle of your race.
Heavenly Father, please send Jesus soon. Thank you that you walk with me through every trial, but I pray even more with Paul, “Come, Lord!” Make me ready and waiting with faith and hoping in your return.