A glimpse at the future (Luke 21)

27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:27-28

One of my favorite movies is entitled “The Patriot.”  The movie is about the struggles of the Revolutionary war.  One of my favorite scenes is when Mel Gibson joins in son in going to battle.  They are together standing in an abandoned house.  Suddenly they hear cannon fire.  They both run to the back part of the upstairs and look out the window to see two armies marching toward each other.  Gibson looks at his son and says, “War is not glorious.”

The glimpse of the future given by Jesus is not glorious for those who reject Jesus.  But for those who know Jesus as Lord and Savior, the future is glorious for us.

As your read Luke 21 you quickly discover Jesus teaching in the direction of a glimpse into the future battles that are coming:

  • There will be great destruction of life, Vs: 5-10.
  • There will be great persecution of the church, Vs: 11-19.
  • There will be a complete assault on Israel, Vs: 20-24.
  • There will be both natural and political devastation, Vs: 25-26.

When I think about these things, I find myself initially feel both heartbreak and fear.  But a deeper looks brings me to a place of clarity and peace.  I have clarity of the battles that are coming and I have peace because my Redeemer is coming!!!

Here is how Paul directs us concerning this glimpse: Romans 8:23-25.

23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Each day we are to keep one eye on our work and one eye on heaven.  This is what Jesus is directing us to do each day.

Father I pray for the wisdom to have an obsession for the work of the gospel.  Each day I pray for the strength and wisdom to work and wait for the Lord’s return.

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