Luke 21: 1 – 37
- Jesus was in the temple with his disciples and others as they offering gifts to the temple treasury.
- Jesus noticed a poor widow placing two coins as her offering.
- Jesus points out the widow’s small offering was greater than that of the rich’s offering
- Just as Jesus is teaching disciples about what is of true value, the disciples are commenting on the beauty of the temple that was covered with beautiful stones and gifts.
- Jesus points out that this beautiful stones in the temple will be “thrown down.”
- The disciples are curious when the stones will be destroyed, and what will be the sign that it is about to happen.
- Jesus warns the disciples not to be deceived or to follow others claiming to know the end, and not to be frightened when they hear of wars and uprisings.
- Jesus tells them of wars, disasters, the fearful events, and great signs from heaven that will come.
- Jesus tells the disciples they will bear testimony to Him and that they will be persecuted, betrayed by family and friends, and some of them will be killed in His name.
- Jesus tells them that if they stand firm, they will “win life.”
- Jesus tells them that when they see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, desolation will be near.
- Jesus tells them there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On earth there will be the roaring and tossing of the sea.
- They will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and glory.
- Jesus tells them to stand up and lift their heads as redemption is near.
- Jesus uses a fig tree and sprouting leaves as a parable to know the Kingdom of God is near.
- Jesus tells them heaven and earth will pass away, but his words never will pass away.
- Jesus warns them their hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and anxieties of life.
- Jesus warns them to be watchful and prayerful that they can stand before the Son of Man.
- Jesus spent the days teaching and the evenings at Mount of Olives while all the people came early in the morning to hear Jesus teach.
I need to let go of things of my flesh like money, anxiety, concern about persecution by friends and family, and even fear of death. I also need not be worried about the end times; be careful not to believe/follow those claiming to know when the end times are coming. Jesus says the signs will be clear as He will come on a cloud with power and great glory. We are to stand firm and win life.
Father God, I pray for the faith of the poor widow and the strength to stand firm against persecution because of Your name, to be ever ready for your return, to have self-control and avoid sinful behaviors that take my eyes off of you and your will for my life so that when I stand before You I hear “well done good and faithful servant.”
Posted on Thu, January 29, 2015
by Dan McClure