Luke 21:5-28: Transience.(please click for passage)

I remember watching the television news coverage of the tsunami that devastated parts of Japan just five years ago. We watched in horror as we saw cars driving along, and we knew that the occupants were probably oblivious as a great killer wave was about to hit them and sweep them away. We wanted to shout at the screen in warning, for all the good that would have done. In the wake of that appalling tragedy verse 26 came to mind. I’m not saying that what happened in Japan was an exact fulfilment of Jesus’ words here, but I’m sure you can see why I thought about them. That news footage provided an image of what the world is like. People are getting on with their business, with little or no thought given to the fact that the end of all things is on its way. Jesus will wind up history as we know it.Then what?

Life is fragile and transient. All the things we think most solid are only temporary (5,6). One day the universe itself will be rolled can up (2 Peter 3:10-13) and there will be new heavens and a new earth. There’s a new world coming. Are you ready to play your full part in it? Are you rightly related to God through Jesus? Or are you just trying to hold onto all the things that must crumble?

‘He is no fool who gives up that which he can never keep, in order to gain that which he can never lose.’ Jim Elliot