My wife and I have arrived at that poignant age when we can’t believe how quickly time has passed—especially while looking at one of my favorite videos of our oldest son, taken when he was just 2 years old. Miska and I had gone out for a date, and the kid-sitter shot a short video of our boy clinging to the bottom ledge of the living room window. He was just tall enough to peek over the edge. As he watched us get in our car and drive away, he said, “Momma. Dadda.” There was an anxious longing in his voice. Our son was sad to see us go and eager for us to return.

Mark wrote his gospel to tell others about Jesus. The Savior had ascended to the Father, and now some wondered if they might be left to fend for themselves. Some were anxious and uncertain of His care for them. Mark wrote words that must have helped soothe his readers’ troubled minds, stating: “You can know that [Jesus’] return is very near, right at the door” (Mark 13:29).

The precise meaning and intricate details of Jesus’ words have confused many (myself at the top of the list), but the one thing that seems most certain is this: Jesus has never abandoned His world or His people. And He never will. In Jesus, God came to the world with a brilliant display of grace and power. And this same Savior is the One who, even now, rules “with great power and glory” (Mark 13:26). God hasn’t abandoned us. Rather, Jesus has proven that He is Lord over all.

God came for us when we were in need, and He will return once again. In the meantime, He calls us to “be on guard,” “stay alert,” and “watch for him” (Mark 13:33,37). Whenever we’re tempted to lose hope, we can encourage one another with this promise from God: He will come back for us.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18