Summary: Signs of the end of the age - Luke chapter 21 verses 5-38 – sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request
(1). Jesus gave some warnings:
(A). There will be false messiahs (vs 8).
(B). There will be wars (vs 9-10).
(C). There will be natural disasters (vs 10-11).
(D). There will be persecution (vs 12-18).
(E). There will be the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple (vs 20-24).
(2). Jesus gave some commands:
(A). Watch out and Do not be deceived (vs 8).
(B). Watch out and Do not worry (vs 14).
(C). Watch and pray (vs 36).
(3). Jesus gave some promises:
(A). Assistance in witnessing (vs 13-15).
(B). Assurance of life (vs 19).
(C). Awareness of a divine plan (vs 28).
• Isidor Isaac Rabi, was a Nobel prize winner in science,
• A friend once asked him how he became a scientist.
• Isidor replied that every day when he returned home after school,
• His mother would talk to him about his school day.
• Interestingly, she wasn’t so much interested in what he had learned that day,
• But she always asked him; “Did you ask a good question today?”
• Isidor said, “Asking good questions made me become a scientist.”
• In this passage before us,
• The disciples in verse 7 ask two good questions regarding the end of the age.
• “When will these things happen?”
• “What will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
• On Wednesday I was in London and walked past, Buckingham Palace,
• (Joke: I was going to pop in for a cup of tea with Liz, but I was in a bit of a hurry!)
• As you would expect,
• There were hundreds of tourists outside photographing this magnificent building!
• It is a tourist a tourist magnet,
• That attracts people to it from all over the world.
• TRANSITION: At the time of Jesus, the temple in Jerusalem had that same effect,
• It was one of the great buildings of the world.
• It dominated the city and its golden walls meant it could be seen for miles around.
• In verse 5: the disciples draw the attention of Jesus to the wonder of the building.
• In verse 6: Jesus stuns his disciples by telling them its days were numbered!
• For the disciples this building looked like it will stand forever,
• But Jesus says to them, it will soon be history!
• The reaction by the disciples to that news is too ask two questions:
• Verse 7a: “When will these things happen?”
• Verse 7b: “And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”
• Keep in mind as we read these verses:
• That this is not an all-inclusive teaching on end times,
• Rather it is selective
• Jesus shows us only a broad-brush painting of the end times.
• Other New Testament writers will later add more specific information,
• About the Rapture of the church, the Tribulation, and the millennial kingdom.
• So, this is not an all-inclusive teaching on end times, rather it is selective:
• It is a message to Jews by a Jew about the future of the Jewish nation.
• But please don’t sit there and think, “this is not relevant to me”.
• Because it contains many applications for us as Christians today.
I want to divide the passage into three sections:
Section 1: Jesus Gave Some Warnings.
• At the moment we are being warned about the Corona virus.
• A week or two ago we were being warned about the severe weather.
• Wherever you look you will find warning signs,
• Here are a few genuine warning signs that amused me.
• TRANSITION: Warning signs,
• There is nothing funny in the warnings that Jesus shares with the disciples here.
(A). There will be false messiahs (vs 8).
• There will be false messiahs.
• So, Jesus warns us not be misled.
• Story told of an old sailing ship.
• One day the ships captain caught one of his crew drunk and asleep on duty.
• The sailor begged the Captain not to record the incident in the ships log.
• As it would reflect badly on his character.
• Despite his desperate pleadings.
• The Captain insisted that the sailor record it in the ships log.
• Reluctantly the sailor had to record in the ships log, ‘Seaman Smith was drunk today’.
• Annoyed at the Captain, the seaman plotted his revenge.
• He recorded in the ships log these words, “The Captain was not drunk today”.
• It was true, but of course, it was also misleading!
• Those words out of context, gave a wrong insight into the character of the captain.
TRANSITION: Jesus said in verse 8 do not be mislead: