30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Matthew 24:30-35
The Bible says the people who see Jesus coming will mourn. I’ve considered surprise, fascinated, puzzled, and overjoyed, but never mournful. Why will they be mourning? Probably because of the brilliance of His glory and because of their sinfulness. This will, of course, only be a temporary occurrence because a lot of things have to happen prior to the final days.
The Bible also tells when we see these things – the events we talked about yesterday – then His return is imminent.
There’s also an element about His return for we who see Him coming. Remember, it says that all the peoples of the earth will mourn, including those who believe. Why will we be mourning? I mean, it seems as though this would be the time we would take to the streets in celebration! Oh, there will be time for that.
I think we will mourn because of opportunities missed, chances not taken, harsh words spoken, tender words not spoken, things that we know better to do (or not to do).
Again, just a thought going into this weekend.