But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. Mark 13:32-33
As Jesus and His disciples traveled through Jerusalem on that last week before Jesus was crucified, they saw the magnificent temple, the great “house of the Lord.” Jews believed that the temple was the holy place where God’s presence really touched the earth. The disciples were in awe of the amazing buildings that made up the temple.
Jesus told them that even the great temple would not survive the judgment that would come. He prophesied that the temple would be destroyed soon, an event that occurred a few decades later when the Romans sacked Jerusalem.
In addition to that prophecy, Jesus told them that God’s ultimate judgment would come one day.
Since that time, Christians have made regular predictions about when the final coming of Christ and God’s ultimate consummation would be. Some people are fanatical about it. Since the first decades of Christian history, some readers of the Bible have been sure that they know when that will take place. Many have been sure it would be in their own lifetime.
But Jesus says they are wrong. “No one knows the day or hour.”
“But only the Father.” Yes the Father knows. The fulfillment of all the aspirations and hopes and promises that are embodied in the gospel are still in the hands of the Father. We cannot know when, but we should be assured that God has His plan securely in place.
We watch. We wait. We trust. No one knows when, but anyone and everyone can know who.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC