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Luke 17:30

Posted 09/09/21, by Dan Vis

This week I've been focusing on the importance of truly grasping the identity of Jesus. Of seeing Him as He truly is, and what that inevitably reveals to us about our self. It's that face to face, human-divine encounter, that is so critically important.

But the reality is, every person is going to have that experience at some point. I was reminded of this when reading the following verse:

Luke 17:30
Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

In the context, Jesus is talking about the second coming. And significantly, it refers to that event as the "revelation" of the Son of man. At that moment, every living human will see Christ in all His glory. They will be confronted with His identity.

(Something similar happens at the end of the 1000 years, when all those in the grave are awakened to face the Son of man.)

It's ironic, that the word translated here as "revealed" is the Greek word "apokalypto", from which we get Apocalypse. Because the final revelation of Jesus to all those who reject the Gospel is going to be a devastatingly tragic day, indeed.

The "even thus shall it be" refers to the verse before--which reminds us how "it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all" in the day "Lot went out of Sodom". That's what it will be like for those encountering Christ for the first time, at His return.

How vital then, that we press on into that encounter with Christ right now, today, while we can...

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Posted by Dan Vis on 09/10/21
That's a beautiful thought John. We do need an ever advancing, ever deepening "revelation" of Jesus. And that does require us to be faithful, in daily seeking and receiving the revelations He sends us.

I guess that goes back to the purpose of this blog. I've thought about calling it the red letter blog--because pretty much each post is a red letter verse. May not always be that way, but I've got content lined up for a long time with that single emphasis. Jesus is clearly an inexhaustible subject!
Posted by John Gilmore on 09/10/21
Long ago I heard of "progressive revelation". As sometimes applied, the idea has failings. But if we can apply it to the experience of growth in Christ, how vital is our reception of the lesser revelations now! And how awesome will be His revelation in eternity! Oh, how I long for that day....
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/09/21
Thanks Lydia! Super glad to hear that. :)

Yes, that's a good way of putting it Kathryn. And yes it is important to remember every person will know they have all had their opportunities to come to Christ. Good post! And kudos on the memorization progress. I love our online tools, but cards are awesome!
Posted by Kathryn D. Search on 09/09/21
Yesterday, I spent all afternoon (most anyway) generating cards. So I have about three piles sitting on my desk. One has review verses, one verses to learn and the biggest pile is future verses. I can go over them without the computer sometimes now. And, I will make good progress. THIS SHOULD HELP ME TO KNOW JESUS MORE.
Posted by Kathryn D. Search on 09/09/21
We will know Him, either as our Savior now, or we will know Him as an avenger on evil and all who cling to evil. Of course, those who lose out will understand, at last, what they have missed out on. They will know it was their own choices that destroyed them. But how blessed it is to get to know Him and the Father in an intimate and personal way, and be with them through eternity.
Posted by Lydia Gilbert-McClain on 09/09/21
Loving these little dally morsels- Bon App├ętit!
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/09/21
That's the exact idea of today's post. So cool God impressed this same thought on your mind Abidemi. God is good...
Posted by Abidemi Oyinloye on 09/09/21
Oh yes! Get used to living in the light of the Sun of righteousness right now, so the brightness of His coming will not destroy us.
(How I ended my own voice note 3 days ago).
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/09/21
That will be an awe-filled day, won't it Lydia? We'll either be quoting that verse or crying out to the rocks to fall on us. Yikes! I want to be in that first group.

Awesome verse. And awesome anticipation Jeannie!
Posted by Jeannie Marcoux on 09/09/21
I Peter 1:13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

I anticipate another revelation of Jesus to my heart today.
Posted by Lydia Gilbert-McClain on 09/09/21
Amen! let us press on to be among those who will see him revealed to us at the second coming as our Lord and savior so we can say "lo this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us" rather than seeing him revealed to us at the end of the 1000 years when we will be forced to bow the knee and confess that He indeed is Lord.

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