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)
Which is better to be taken or to be left?
We always hear about the end and read in the gospels that one was taken and one was left, and from extra biblical sources we hear that it is better to be taken, but these passages are unclear as to which is better, to be taken or to be left.
But here is the real kicker, it doesn’t really matter which is better. You see if we are following after Jesus and focusing on Him, we will be in the right spot.
The other example in our reading on this is Lot’s wife. They were told not to look back as they left, but she couldn’t help it. And because of that, she turned into a pillar of salt. (Now guess which shaker she is in the picture!) We are to focus on Christ and follow where He leads us, not looking back, but always pressing forward with Christ.