Summary: A study of the Gospel of Luke Chapter 21 verses 25 through 38
Luke 21: 25 – 38
He’s Coming Back
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” 29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. 34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy [fn3] to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 37 And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. 38 Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.
Since we have been looking at Matthew’s Gospel in our current studies, let us also see what he recorded, “42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
For us prophecy buffs Matthew chapter 24 is one of our favorites. In this chapter we are going to take a look at a couple of future events, they are;
1. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’s 2nd Coming
3. Those ‘Left Behind’
The apostle Matthew personally observed our Lord’s teachings as I am sure you are aware of. He was the first one to write down what he saw and heard regarding his time with our Adoni Yeshua. The disciple Luke around 15 years after Matthew’s Gospel penned, after investigating and interviewing eyewitnesses, his version.
Here The Lord Jesus Christ seeks to make it relevant to His disciples that He Is soon to end His walk on earth. For He portrays a situation when He will have gone away, and encourages them that when that happens it will be necessary for them to remember that one day He will return unexpectedly. So these parables, while having individual messages to give, were also another way of bringing home to them the fact of His impending departure. Their aim was to make them continually think in terms of eternity and to be ‘straight’ in their thinking, free from Satan’s attempts to keep the world in distortion and ignorance. He explained to them and to us how to live as he had called all of us to do.
We read in Luke’s version that our Lord gives His disciples a Parable regarding His departure and ultimate return to earth.
35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.