Let's Talk About Hope

by Melissa Slocum

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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STANDING STRONG

Luke 21:25-36

“There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, there will be dismay among nations in their confusion over the roaring of the sea and surging waves. The planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken, causing people to faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world. Then they will see the Human One coming on a cloud with power and great splendor. Now when these things begin to happen, stand up straight and raise your heads, because your redemption is near.”

A lesson from the fig tree

Jesus told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that God’s kingdom is near. I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until everything has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.

“Take care that your hearts aren’t dulled by drinking parties, drunkenness, and the anxieties of day-to-day life. Don’t let that day fall upon you unexpectedly, like a trap. It will come upon everyone who lives on the face of the whole earth.  Stay alert at all times, praying that you are strong enough to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand before the Human One.”

Key Passage:

Now when these things begin to happen, stand up straight and raise your heads, because your redemption is near. —Luke 21:28

Commentary:

Many people have been watching the natural disasters and the tragic world events in the last year or more and claiming that the end is near. And many people want Jesus to come again soon to fix everything. But this Scripture indicates that even more cataclysmic events will occur in the universe. What is so amazing about this passage is that Jesus directs people to stand up tall with their heads raised instead of running in fear for their lives! The point is that the events we are experiencing currently are nothing compared to what lies ahead. Yet, how many of us live out of insecurity, fear, and a desire to isolate or protect only ourselves? We are living between the time of Jesus’ first arrival, whose birth we are preparing to celebrate, and Jesus’ second coming. It’s a time for living courageously and hopefully and standing up to respond in hope.

 

Questions to Discuss:

What do verses 25–26 mention as signs?

What anxieties of day-to-day life do we experience?

As end times draw near, what should we do instead of hiding or protecting ourselves in a bunker?

If this is not the end times, what are we called to do until the end times arrive?

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