“And He said to the disciples, ‘The days will come 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! Look here!’ Do not go away, and do not run after them” (Luke 17:22-23).
Interestingly, this statement to his disciples emerges from a question posed by the Pharisees (v.20). Seemingly, Jesus has come to a point where, instead of trying to correct, once again, their earthly, politicized, triumphal, and imperialistic hope regarding the Kingdom of God, he chooses, instead, to invest a proper understanding to those who would desire, and will perpetuate, a Christocentric-based understanding of Kingdom life; an understanding and pursuit that will make you an outlier from the mainstream, even among those holding forth noble causes and intentions. In such times, stay the course; keeping seeking Christ among the “least of these” within your city and you will find him. In this, life is both found and given.