Theme: GOD’S DELIVERANCE
Text: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” – Luke 21:28.
Comment: While he was upon the Mount of Olives, Peter, James, John and Andrew approached our Lord, Jesus Christ, with a request, “Tell us, when shall these things be fulfilled?” (Mark 13:3,4). Their enquiry was in respect of signs that would enable Christians know that he had come the second time and of the outset of the last days. After warning them about the proliferation of false prophets, he highlighted events such as wars, earthquakes, famine, and troubles of varying sorts. According to Dr. Luke’s account, Christ in prophecy further talks of satan’s interference in the affairs of the world, using influential elements such as politics, commerce, and religion (Luke 21:25) and how the fulfillment of these signs would bring distress upon men (verse 26).
After highlighting these prophetic signs, in Matthew’s record, our Lord added, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8; Mark 13:8). According to the devotional for today, all hope is not lost. As scary as this age is, humanly speaking, we should look to God through Christ, by being spiritually vigilant, through studies of the Scriptures in order to understand God’s will and be fervent in prayer while detaching ourselves from the prevailing godlessness of the last days. – Luke 21:34-36.
Since he is the one behind the chaos, distresses, and uncertainties of this age, neither the devil nor his agents, can restore normalcy to the earth. This is the prerogative of the Almighty God, and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. – John 16:33; 14:27; Psalm 29:11.