The Son of Man coming in clouds ...

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

All I can think of when I read these words is that God is sovereign in all of creation. I think that there is a spiritual aspect to this passage that we can miss if we focus too intently on the physicality of it. When Jesus speaks of celestial bodies darkening, stars falling and heavens shaking my mind wonders to what is going on in the invisible realm. Could it be that our Lord is speaking to us about a shift in spiritual realms that is invisible to our eyes?

The majesty and glory of the second coming is painted with such simple words as Christ speaks to us of a day when that which is invisible manifests into something physical. In truth the Son of Man has been coming and gathering his elect for ages when they pass from this age to the next. Yet we do well when we understand that each day He comes to us with "great power and glory". Such is the gospel message of the resurrected Christ!

Help me to sense your presence today Lord. Cause that which is invisible to become visible.

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