Luke 21:28 Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
It is interesting, that some things never change. The hot topic these days is stealing the election – but its not spoken of in terms of criminal activity, it is all politics and intrigue. The response to these events is the question: what’s the nation coming to? If you add to that, the volatility in the stock market – which some attribute to fear, uncertainty and doubt; one wonders about all the grand forecasts about the bright future, which is all everyone was talking about 6 months ago. What’s going to happen?
I have serious doubts that we will be hearing that the next president of the US will be some aristocrat from Mexico. But that is just about what happened some 2000 years ago, when Herod became King of Judea. For some this was a sign that the end was near, and they sold everything and went to the desert, to prepare and to wait for the end. Does it sound like some of the things that happened last year, as we waited for y2k?
That is what our text is about – signs of the times, and word that the end might be near – what is one to do, where is one to turn? Do we look to other people? Do we look to leaders, politicians, economists and bankers? NO!
Psalm 121:1-2 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
We look up, we lift up our eyes – for if we don’t all we see is the mess we’re in – all we’ll see is that we cannot save ourselves – so we look beyond ourselves – we look to the LORD, who made heaven and earth – He is able to help, for he has not only created all things, but he preserves all things. We hope, because the LORD has promised us redemption.
Some people never look up, they just don’t see the need – they can do it themselves. They don’t see their sins, and so they don’t see the need for a savior. They see no need to wait for the redemption of the LORD. These are the people who sit in darkness – their sin has left them spiritually blind, dead and enemies of God – they do not see salvation drawing near.
God has opened our eyes, and we see signs – and we don’t worry about the end being near, rather we lift up our eyes to see our salvation drawing near – that is the theme of Advent. Christ, our salvation is coming – we lift up our eyes in hope, trusting in the promises of God, knowing that no matter what happens, nothing can separate us from the love of God which is ours in Christ Jesus.
And the love which is ours in Christ Jesus, is the salvation in Jesus blood, which washes away our sins and gives us peace with God – and even if this world is passing away, we look forward to the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness, and the places which have been prepared for us in Christ.