Luke 21

Luke 21:1-4 - There's a lot of commentary on wealth in Jesus' message in Luke. Maybe I'm just sensitive to it now, but it's standing out to me.

Luke 21:9 - The end of this Jesus says "... but the end will not be at once." Taking this as not only the prediction of the fall of Jerusalem form around 70 AD, but also as an end of times prophesy, what could that mean? It sort of negates one view that someday - POW - Jesus returns and it's all over. Then again, he did say it'll come like a thief in the night too ...

Luke 21:13 - Jesus says "This will be your opportunity to bear witness." Great! Wait, what will be our opportunity? Persecution, accusation, seizure, prison, hatred and death. Oh.

Luke 21:18-19 - But wait, there's more:

But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.

They were told that they would be hated, seized, persecuted and some even killed, yet they stuck with him. At this time, I think it was simple They didn't quite get it, but it couldn't be what it sounded like after all he's the savior! It'll sort it out later. After the cross, however, it was all clear. It was exactly what it sounded like, yet they forged ahead anyway. Why? What could emboldened simple men to rush headlong into certain harm, likely death?

An empty tomb.

A risen and living, yet crucified Lord.

Not only did he promise them death, he had promised them life everlasting afterwards. At the time, they didn't understand that either, but on Easter morning he showed them exactly what he meant.

Death is not final. It's painful and traumatic, but not permanent.

And he proved his point with his very life. Seeing Jesus risen, not only finished his work of redemption, it was the final proof of what he had been saying all along. It now made sense and they could carry on, into an uncertain, but definitely challenging, Earthly fate because they knew that wasn't their ultimate fate. That fate was absolutely certain, and proven.

For us here and now, it means the same thing. We can forge on, no matter what lies ahead, because what lies ahead is small compared to what lies beyond.

"By your endurance you will gain your lives."

Luke 21:25-28 - I'm sure some see the results of global warming in these verses. Of course, I'm sure at any given point in history, some see the events of their time in this chapter. Nonetheless, should we be discouraged or fearful? No:

Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

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Good stuff. This passage and your interpretation kind of wipe out any hope of being raptured away from all the "bad stuff."

And yet, straighten up and lift your heads. Amen.

CP - Your comment made me realize something - Jesus says we are to raise our heads when we see these things happening. Distressed nations, people in fear of what is coming. Hadn't that happened pretty much since Jesus went up to heaven?

I wonder if Jesus isn't giving us ways to see the end approaching, but rather challenging our perspective. Folks will be worrying and in dispair around you, but you, straighten up and lift your heads. Your hope is secure. It won't be long.



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