Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pentecost 25 - Proper 28

Luke 21:5-19
Doing Your Best when things are at their worst

We are living in the worst of times. Perhaps every generation says this. But has there been a generation with so much destructive power, nuclear weapons, germ warfare, guided missiles, instant communication, supersonic travel? Are we not on the edge of a world-wide nuclear holocaust with the power to over-kill many times over. What can Christians do about it? We could hide, or flee (but where?) or commit suicide. In this morning’s Gospel the Savior calls upon us to do our best under the worst circumstances. The worst calls for our best – Jesus gives us a promise of wisdom in time of persecution.

1. Witness for Christ – V. 13 This will result in your being witnesses to them. (See Philippians 1:12)

2. Feel secure in God’s protection – V. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. Unique to Luke is this phrase. It is the experience of Daniel’s three companions in the fiery furnace. (Daniel 3:27). See also Acts 27:34.

3. Endure until the end – V. 19By standing firm you will gain life. Luke stresses that those who persevere, even if they lose physical life, will preserve spiritual life.

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