If you’re interested in what Jesus said about the end times, Luke chapter 21 is a good place to look. I’m not going to write it all here, only the end of it.
And He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. Even so you, too, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.”
As I near the end of this devotional, one thing I hope is that you have discovered lots of other things you want to read in your search for the kingdom. Don’t you want to read all of Luke chapter 21 now? Don’t you want to see what all the signs are? Didn’t you want to read all of Revelation and Daniel when we talked about them earlier? The sermon on the mount in Matthew chapters 5-7?
There are two other segments of Luke chapter 21 I want to include. They don’t use the word “kingdom,” but they give instructions, and I thought that might be useful or interesting to you.
“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.” (21:12-15)
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.” (21:27-28)
And if you wonder how you’d lift up your head in such a situation:
But Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.
What will your kingdom statement be today? Use it to replace your worries.
*New American Standard Bible verses used in the book version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation.