Unlimited: This Generation Will Not Pass
Mar 26, 2021 1081
Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away (Mark 13:30–31, NIV).
At the end of Jesus’ sermon about the end of the world, in fact his longest sermon in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus said something that has puzzled people ever since.
Let’s see if we can “unpuzzle” it.
The reason why this statement by Jesus has puzzled so many people is because this is the only time in his entire prophetic discourse in which Jesus mentions a specific time period. The disciples asked about when the temple would be destroyed, and Christians since then have been wondering when Jesus will return.
To what was Jesus was referring when he said, “this generation will certainly not pass away until these things have happened?” Some people have thought that Jesus was saying that the second coming would happen in the lifetimes of the disciples who were listening to him.
However, the most natural explanation, in its proper context, is that Jesus was talking about the generation that would experience the great distress and who would witness the signs in the heavens. He was saying that the final events at the end of the world would be rapid ones.
Every generation of those who love Jesus have hoped to be the one who would see Jesus come. He will certainly return soon, as he has promised, however he hasn’t returned yet.
Think about it.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: What effect does waiting for Jesus to return have on you? Does it make you anxious or concerned, or are you waiting in peace and joy, enjoying the abundant life that Christ has promised you today? Remember that His glory and your good go hand in hand.