“And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,” Luke 20:1
Have you ever asked someone how they were, and they replied, “Oh, this has just been one of those days?” Perhaps you have felt that way a few times during the last few months.
Consider a couple of phrases from Luke 20:1
“One of those days.”
In this scripture, we see that Jesus was having “one of those days.” In the chapter preceding this one we have the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, and the crowd is shouting, waving palm leaves, and proclaiming Him as their king. Amid that crowd there were also many who were opposing Him. In verses 47 and 48, we find them trying to find a way to destroy Him and to discredit Him before the people.
Can you imagine how Jesus must have felt? He knew that the crowd could be fickle, and that the same ones who had exalted Him as He entered Jerusalem, would be the ones that in just a few days would call that He be crucified. But this chapter tells us that He went on teaching the people, showing them that He had come to bring them life. As the priests and scribes bombarded Him with questions trying to find something, they could accuse Him of, He went about His mission. He knew what the future held, and what lay in store for Him. And so even if it looked like a bad day for Him, He kept on doing what He came to do.
There have been some days, that I have felt it was ONE of those days, when nothing seemed to go the way I wanted it to go. I am so thankful for the technology that gives us the opportunity to enjoy live streaming when we cannot attend church. I know it is not the same, but our spiritual life must continue. I have made up my mind that I am going to continue serving God, reading His Word, and spending time in prayer, because I know what lies ahead. I know that God is in control. My destination is Heaven, and I know His presence is with me every moment of every day.
“It came to pass.”
As we look around at what is happening in our world, we know that it is almost time for the Lord’s second coming, and signs are being fulfilled before our very eyes, that seemed impossible when we read the prophecies. The Scripture tells us when we see these things happening that we should look up for our redemption draws nigh. God’s timing is perfect, His coming draws near. Whether we can attend church, or watch services at home, it is time for us to search our hearts, make sure we are ready for His return. We do not know when this situation will end, but we do know that we have been given a special opportunity to draw closer to the Lord and make our calling and election sure.
We often have “one of these days” but we can rest assured that “it will pass.” Heaven will be worth it all. Seeing Jesus will be the culmination of all our hopes and dreams. One day the headlines are going to read: “It came to pass on one of those days that Jesus Christ returned for His church and they were caught up to meet Him in the air.”
Prayer: Jesus, help us that instead of looking at the bad days, we will greet each day with the words of Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Devotion by Anne Johnston