The religious leaders of Jesus’ day, the Pharisees, asked great questions. “When will the kingdom of God, come?” The Kingdom of God, Jesus answers in Luke 17, is not only a future reality. The Kingdom was present in the person and ministry of Jesus, Himself.
Today, Christ followers, the kingdom of God is in your midst; it is literally within you, because the Holy Spirit is alive in you. Others can see Jesus by your response to life circumstances. They can hear how Jesus is at work by your telling of what he is doing in your own life now and how you have already experienced him at work to bring you to this point in your relationship with Him. Even how you’ve handled your mistakes, can point others to Jesus and thus, bring the kingdom into focus.
In verse 24, Jesus says, “For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.” Lightning can be seen at great distance and lights up a huge area. Scientists note that since it often starts thousands of feet above the earth, the normal horizon caused by the earth's curvature, doesn't limit its view, as it would if it began at ground level.
So don’t be confused by false messiah sightings. When Jesus comes again, he will be in full view and not limit himself to just a few crowds. Jesus has already told his disciples to be ready because they don't know the day and hour (Luke 12:39-40) of his return. As modern disciples of Jesus, we are likewise to live in expectation of his coming. We are also commanded to make certain that others have the opportunity to experience his kingdom so that no one will be caught off guard.
What are you doing to advance the gospel in your area of influence? Are you living in expectation of Jesus’ return, while also excitedly telling His story?