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Biblical Encounter
Reflection

The Reverend Scott Hozee
Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching
 
Calvin Theological Seminary

“…Too often we think that passages like this one are meant to make us starry-eyed surveyors of distant horizons.  Actually, they were meant to inspire discipleship and faithfulness over the long haul and in all the tough circumstances we’d face long before The End would come.  As someone once put it, Jesus was not training short distance sprinters but long-distance marathon runners who could carry his message far and wide for a long while to come.  What’s more, in and through it all we are being reassured: God will be faithful.  Jesus by his Spirit will give us the words to say.

 

How ironic that a passage that makes some people unsettled—even as the disciples were initially unsettled to hear Jesus predict the destruction of the Temple—is actually meant to settle us in our faith and re-assure us.  It’s also instructive that we may need the power of that reassurance sooner rather than later in our lives.  That may not be an easy message to hear but it is one we may need to hear anyway…

…Although there is no denying the forward, future bent of passages like Luke 21, in the end Jesus is not interested in telling us precisely what the future holds but rather Who holds the future.  And when you know Who holds the future, then you know Who holds your every moment in this present time as well.  It is that confidence that allows us to rest easy when Jesus tells us that he will be with us and will even provide us with words to say if and when the world presses in on us and persecutes us for his sake.”

 

Reflection Activity
  • Share with someone close (a family member, priest, or trusted friend) something that unsettles you.  Allow space for the Holy Spirit to help calm your soul.

Questions
  • Draw a picture of the image Jesus describes.
  • What other passages from the Bible does this bring to mind for you?
  • Why is this passage one of comfort?
Prayer 60 from the Book of Common Prayer

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

  

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