Sunday, 22 July 2012
18th July 2012 Luke 21.20-28
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
The end of times discussed, the horror of what will come at the end. It's hard to hear and even harder to think about. How will those we love fare? How will we fare?
I struggle with this and therefore I avoid thinking about it. Lawrence spoke to me many times in Zambia about ensuring everyone is saved; and so my prayers have changed, asking for this to happen. But I am sure my fears are unfounded; God is love, that is surely what matters most; that wins through all doubt people have. I hope.