Topic: Knowing the Signs of the Times
TEXT: Luke 19:41-48
41. And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
And could not find what they might do; for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.” – (Luke 19:41,42)
From the text, Jesus Christ saw the spiritual state of Jerusalem and wept over it. The city was busy with empty religious services and commerce when actually there was an imminent and impending doom hanging over her and her citizens. Whilst they were more interested in buying and selling in the magnificently built temple, they were ominously blinded and failed to recognise their time of visitation. They rejected Christ.
Men, like flowers in the morning, blossom and bloom with life’s fragrance. Then comes sunset; everything that glitters becomes gloomy. The hood of ignorance hanging over humanity usually makes it impossible for anyone to know just exactly what is coming next and how it is coming. But God does not only know every beginning, He also knows every ending. He is aware of everyone’s last moments and minutes. He is aware of a thousand years from today.
This sober truth should bring us closer to God who knows all things and holds all things together. We must live and prepare for the imminent; having repented of our sins and reconciled with our Maker. This is in effect, the very thrust and central theme of the gospel of Christ which must be urgently preached to all without compromise. How helpful would it be, if the saving truth is told to a man who would have perished the next moment even without knowing it. That man may enjoy the grace like the thief on the Cross who died by the side of the Saviour.
When we are familiar with the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are empowered with the knowledge of the signs of the times. In their day, the children of Israel were bereft of the hidden treasure of the gospel. Thus, they lacked knowledge of the signs of the day. Present-day believers should avoid such fatal ignorance.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Live every moment with eternity in view!
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna 17th May 2021 Devotional Message was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.