The readings this week have been facinating, ey? I keep thinking, “this would make a great movie!” Prophesies, mystery… fantastic for the imagination. Yet in it all is a hope that is solid, deep and while not in things seen, more real at time than things that are.

So, I cannot explain this passage. I am going to attempt to proclaim it’s literal and practical meaning for us today. I think of wars, hurricanes, global warming, persecutions, nations that are no more, governments and civilizations wiped out… what more will we see? What have we seen of this already?

What I come to is “where else would I go”, “what is there to stand on if not this Rock?”. For some, this may not be good enough. I find hope a beautiful thing. I cannot provethe reason for my hope, I can only put it out for consideration. Jesus, my God and my King will again reorder His Kingdom. It’s already begun – over 2000 years ago. Evidently it’s true that “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and “It takes a little time to turn the Titanic around”…one day it will be and we will see that it is, it has been and always will be. A Kingdom worth living for!

Luke 21:25-31 (New Living Translation)

“And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”
Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near.”