This is the Lent 2015 series. We’re reading through Luke, from Jesus conquering temptation in the desert to the Passion, His crucifixion and resurrection.
The Widow’s Offering (Luke 21:1-4)
Jesus watched as rich people in the temple tithed from their wealth. He also saw a widow who tithed two small copper coins, all of what she had to live on. Jesus said “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3-4).
Have you given all of your treasures, your time, and your talents to Jesus, or are you holding some things back?
Have you turned over your experiences, past and present, to Him to heal, plan, and prosper? Are you holding on to some sin because it seems too big for to forgive, or some anxiety because the problem seems insurmountable?
Are you giving your walk with Christ your all? He wants it all. Hold nothing back. “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
The Destruction of the Temple and the Sign of End Times (Luke 21:5-37)
Jesus told His disciples about the signs of the end times. Gently woven throughout this message is His directive “don’t be frightened, don’t worry, stand firm in your faith and the truth and you will win life”. (We’ll start a new series about these directives “God turns “what if” into “so what” after Easter)
- The disciples were remarking about the beauty of the temple, adorned with stones and itself a gift to God. Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” (Luke 21:1-6). The building that looks so attractive and the faith that it symbolizes will be torn down. The end will come. Here is what Jesus tells His disciples, and us, about that event.
- “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them…Do not be frightened.” (Luke 21:8)
- “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:10)
- But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. (Luke 21:12)
- You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life. (Luke 21:16)
- “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25)
- “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33)
- “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.” (Luke 21:34)
- “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:36)
Luke 20 ends with the account of what Jesus did with the days between His arrival in Jerusalem (Palm Sunday) and the night that He was betrayed:
Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple. (Luke 21:37-38)