Luke 17:20–37 (ESV)
The Coming of the Kingdom
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the
kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they
will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many
things and be rejected by this generation. 26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood
came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them
all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember
Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together. One
will be taken and the other left.” 37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
The Pharisees and even the
disciples were looking for the Kingdom of God to appear here on Earth, but they were mistaken. The Kingdom Christ is talking about is a Kingdom to come, but we will be taken to it. I think back to when I was watching the PTL Club or Trinity Broadcasting
and they are on are filming on the set of a palace. They are living in a lavish Kingdom here on Earth. The problem is that the Kingdom of God is not of this world. They are trying to live in the Kingdom of God while on Earth.
The Kingdom of God is in heaven. We are part of that Kingdom, yet we are still trapped in sinful bodies and living in a sinful world. The Kingdom of God is without sin and we will have new bodies without sin. This is something to really look
forward too, but not while we are on Earth. When the Kingdom comes, it is judgement day. It is too late!
I pray: O Lord, I look forward to living in your Kingdom, help me while I journey
through this fallen world, help me to turn from sin and to walk according to your will. Thank you for your forgiveness and your Kingdom. Amen.