“at that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
In Matthew 23, Jesus comes down hard on the teachers of the law and the Pharisees of His day. In this chapter, He states seven woes directed at them. He calls them “sons of hell” (vs. 15), which was a known expression for an evil person. He frequently refers to them as hypocrites. You can read these woes for yourself, but for this blog, I would like to look at the last three verses. Jesus has just laid out a strong case against them, but in verse 37, He laments, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wing, but you were not willing.” You can sense the pity and sorrow coming from our Savior.
Vs. 38 reads, “Look, your house is left to you desolate.” We know the temple, referred to here will be destroyed forty years later. Notice Jesus says, “your” house. The temple for many years has been the house of God, but when Jesus is rejected as the Christ, the temple is no longer His house.
Our passage concludes with, “For I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” (vs. 39) This phrase, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, is Messianic. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.” (Psalms 118: 26) If you flip back a few chapter we get the account of the first Palm Sunday. (Matthew 21). As Jesus rode through the city, one of the things people shouted at Him was, ‘blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’. (vs. 9) In other words, when the people see Jesus again, they will not reject Him as they are now, but will know that He is the Messiah.
Do we have any clues as to when the Jews will soften their hard hearts? When will they be ready to declare, ‘blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord’? In Romans 11 we read, “…Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of Gentiles has come in.” So, when will the full number of Gentiles be complete? In Luke 21, Jesus gives His ‘Olivet Discourse’, where He tells some things about the end of the age, the period we call the “Tribulation”. “For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written.” (vs. 22) Reading on in Luke 21, we get to vs 24: “They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (The time of the Gentiles is not yet complete as we near the end of the Tribulation). Continuing in Luke, verse 27, “at that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
About The Author
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.