TUESDAY, AUGUST 3
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”
Acts 1:6-8 (ESV)
OUR MISSION HAS A TIMELINE
Winston Churchill planned his funeral before he died. His wishes called for a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul’s to play the Taps after the benediction. The Taps were meant to represent that his physical life was over. But then came the most dramatic turn: as soon as the Taps was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of Reveille—It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up in the morning. At the end of history, the last note will not be Taps; it will be Reveille. (Roy B. Zuck)
Churchill didn’t know when his life on this earth would end. However, Churchill made preparations for his death. Jesus’ disciples wanted to know when this earthly life would end and when the heavenly kingdom would come. Jesus does not rebuke His apostles for questioning Him about the Kingdom of God, but only gently chides them regarding their desire to know its timing. Their question was valid, for again and again the Old Testament prophets had promised that one day in the future the nation of Israel would be restored and the Messiah would reign on the throne of David. It is vital to see that Jesus does not say the prophecies of the Kingdom of God will not be literally fulfilled, but simply says that the timing of the coming Kingdom is not for them to know.
Jesus wanted the disciples to focus on the mission of sharing the gospel and not the timing of the “End Times.” Pastor Adrian Rogers said, “They wanted to talk about prophecy—He wanted to talk about proclamation.” What most excites you about God’s Kingdom coming?
Thank God for the promise that your earthly death will simply be the beginning of your eternity in Heaven. Ask God to help you fulfill the mission of telling as many others as possible before it’s too late.