Biblical Text: Luke 21:5-28
What do me mean when we talk about last things? There of course is the very literal, but other than 10,000 mile stuff, Jesus really doesn’t answer that. Because that is not what we are talking about. What we are talking about is impermanence and our anxiety caused by that impermanence. And that is was Jesus goes after. Even these “noble stones” of the temple will come down. This thing that centers our identity will fail. All earthly props will give way. And Jesus goes on to name them. And then he gives us a promise. “Not a single hair of your head will perish.”
You have both the knowledge and the promise. The knowledge that yes, the world is impermanent. Don’t place your faith in it, in any part of it. The promise that there is a permanent thing, and that you are already a part of it. The Kingdom of God is coming with power and great glory. So straighten up an raise your heads. Because this is your redemption. This is your hour.