What I read today;
1 Timothy 6; Luke 21; Isaiah 63; Psalm 31; 1 Samuel 14; Exodus 16
In Luke 21 Jesus warns the disciples that the world they know and recognize is about to be turned upside down. Jesus tells his disciples that very bad days are coming. Death, destruction, wars, and famine will come. Some of the worst atrocities in history are on the way.
You see mankind will always find a way to satisfy the cravings of our evil nature. Whether it be the sack of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans, or the destruction of Jerusalem in 1099 by the Crusaders, or the atrocities of the French Revolution, or Hitlers Germany, Mao’s China, Stalin’s Russia, or Pol Pots Cambodia, the trail of tears, or the evils of slavery and racism, we always find a way to outdo ourselves. We’re good at it.
In the midst of the chaos and darkness, Jesus gives us hope. Out of the evil that we create God brings hope. When Jesus says that his words will not pass away he is saying that he will always find a way to bring hope.
Out of the darkness of the Roman Emporer Nero, a young fledgling Church of a few hundred people grew to see billions join their ranks and destroy the established order of mankind.
Out of the darkness of the crusades and the middle ages, a small group of reformers in England and Germany took on the mighty Catholic Pope and restored God’s Grace to all humanity, not just those who could afford to pay for it.
At the edge of insanity inside of Hitler’s Third Reich, a Catholic priest saved over 5000 people hiding them from the Gestapo, while in Germany a Pastor who could have stayed in the United States chose to go back to Germany and fight against the very regime that would kill him on the last day of the war.
During all the evils of slavery, Methodist Pastors like John Wesley stood up and demanded that slavery be eliminated and that all men be set free.
In Calcutta, India one nun chose to love the lepers and the orphans and showed the entire world what it meant to live a life of love.
Ordinary, everyday people like you and me standing up to oppression, helping those in need, and showing the world what the love of Jesus Christ is.
Now, what do you think when you hear Luke 21 vs. 33?
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” NRSV