Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
“But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.” (Luke 21:16-19)
These words by Jesus to His disciples were in response to their question of the timing and signs of when the temple in Jerusalem was about to be destroyed. Jesus warned His disciples that not only will they face persecution from those outside, but will also face persecution from those who are their blood relatives and close associates. Thus, Jesus reminded them of the great cost of following Him as their Lord and Savior. Yet, Jesus gave them comfort by saying: “Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.” It is interesting to note that in regards to God’s protection over Jesus’ disciples, history records the fact that few, if any, of the Christian community perished in the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem. More specifically, however, Jesus was reassuring them of the promise of eternal life that they were given through faith in Him. God who knows the number of hairs on their head (Luke 12:7) would care for their very lives. Such is the assurance and comfort and peace that we also have in Christ Jesus, our Lord! The above verses are part of the passage of Scripture, Luke 21:5-24, we look at together during the message in this Sunday's worship service. Join us as we lift praises to God through singing, and open our ears and hearts to God's word of exhortation to us.