dailybiblereader2012

Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 21 ~ Hope in Jesus

on May 2, 2012

Hope in Jesus’ intimate knowledge of you. Luke 21:1-9:  When Jesus saw the people giving their offerings at the temple, He knew who was giving out of their abundance and who was giving out of their poverty.  The actual offerings and the earthly things they buy and the buildings they help beautify will all be destroyed someday.  The heart of the giver is what is important to Jesus.  God knows not only what we give, but the circumstances out of which we give.

Hope in Jesus’ wisdom. Luke 21:10-19.  Verse 14 starts with, “Settle it therefore in your minds,” not to do it your way!  I love that.  We have to decide before situations even arise that we will do things God’s way and we will trust Him to do what is best for His Name.  Jesus promised His disciples that when they were on the defensive about Him that He would give them a mouth and wisdom which none of their adversaries would be able to withstand or contradict.  After all that took place in chapter 20, how could you not want to claim that promise?  But as we know with Jesus; speaking in wisdom and silencing enemies came with a price.  People hated Him and His followers and will hate us when we allow the Holy Spirit to speak wisdom that silences.  Verse 19 is the link between persecution/suffering for Jesus and preparing to see Him in His glory.  It says, “By your ENDURANCE, you will gain your lives.”  

Hope in Jesus’ return. Luke 21:20-32, 34-38.  Jesus is coming back “with power and great glory.”  Jesus said, “Straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”  He’s saying remain hopeful and confident.  In verses 34-36 He instructed, “Watch yourselves,” “Don’t let your hearts be weighed down with…the cares of this life,” and “Stay awake at all times, praying…”  Will you be ready when Jesus comes in power and glory?  Are you watching for Him?  Do you live like He is coming back any moment?  Those are the questions I’m asking myself today.

Hope in Jesus’ words.  Luke 21:33 says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”  Jesus’ words remain forever.  They are the best words to place our hope in, the best words to live according to, and the best words to share with others.  But we have to know them!  That’s why getting into God’s Word, meditating on it, studying it, living it, and memorizing it are so important.

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