Archive for August 20th, 2010

Luke 21

Luke 21 tells us about the end times.  Jesus gives us more insight into what is to come.  Things will be overturned – the routine will go away – that which we think is unchangeable will be shaken.  “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down”.  Things are going to get interesting for sure.  Along the way “many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them”.  There will be a lot of people crying that the sky is falling that will not have it right.  There will be many trying to round up followers by creating fear of these coming events.  We see it all around us.  But no one ones the day or time – scripture is clear on that.  Jesus did tell us what events will take place as we move toward the final day of reckoning.  He tells us not to get too worried as we hear many things – “when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once”.  There is a lot of water that has to go under the bridge.  Jesus tells us to watch for these things:

–       “Nation will rise against nation

–       kingdom against kingdom

–       There will be great earthquakes

–       in various places famines and pestilences

–       there will be terrors and great signs from heaven

–       But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you

–       delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons

–       you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake

Lots of things have to happen before He comes again.  Jesus tells us what we need to do as we see these things coming: “This will be your opportunity to bear witness…. I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict”.  We aren’t just supposed to sit back and watch it happen.  This is our opportunity to speak truth – to share God’s love with all.  Will everyone receive it well?  Not exactly.  Jesus tells us “you will be hated by all for my name’s sake”.  Now that really makes you want to speak up doesn’t it?  Knowing that the response of many will be hatred and likely blaming you for being part of the wheels coming off their comfortable life.  It’s easier to just keep the old mouth shut isn’t it?  But Jesus tells us why we need to speak boldly about these things and bear witness to Him: “By your endurance you will gain your lives”.  Did you catch that?  It is by living consistently and daily for Him that we will be able to maintain our lives and not get sucked into the terror and fear that most will face.  We need to stay close to Jesus.  “The powers of the heavens will be shaken”.  All that we thought we knew will likely be changing.  We need to cling to the Rock, to hang on to the one thing that is the same yesterday, today and forever.  We need to realize that soon we “will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory”.  It doesn’t get any better than this!  Jesus is coming again.  We are told to “stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man”.  Are you ready for Jesus to come again?  Are you walking with endurance and staying close to the Savior?  Are you speaking truth and bearing witness to Him?  We have work to do.  Let’s get after it!

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