Then he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.They will say to you, ‘Look there!’ or ‘Look here!’ Do not go, do not set off in pursuit. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must endure much suffering and be rejected by this generation. Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking, and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed all of them. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day that Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed all of them—it will be like that on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, anyone on the housetop who has belongings in the house must not come down to take them away; and likewise anyone in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it. I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left.” Then they asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” (Luke 17:22-37, NRSV)
We look for the day of the Lord as a good thing. But the picture we get here is not a good one.
The days of Noah, they were eating and making merry, then Noah got on the boat and God destroyed the world.
The days of Sodom and Lot left, they were eating and drinking until that day. Then God rained sulphur down from heaven, and Lot’s wife became salt.
God destroyed, and so it shall be for the Son of Man.
But the destruction of the Son of Man is not like the earth in the days of Noah or Sodom, for the destruction of the Son of Man means our salvation.
So we can endure the suffering, knowing He will be with us and will see us through to the other side.