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LUKE "talks."

Prompts and commentary as you read right through the Gospel of Luke.

"Good News Compage" L.121,
based on

Luke's Gospel chapter 21, verses 29-38.

(PLEASE READ THESE VERSES IN THE BIBLE, and the following comments.)


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Picture Jesus painted!

By carefully looking at a painted scene you could possibly identify the place, the time of the day and the time of the year. Landmarks, and the position of the sun, and the leaves and flowers would all be useful clues.

Jesus painted a picture for us, a word picture, describing in detail the world scene as it would be just before His return as the great King of kings. From it we are meant to be able to discover some idea of the time He had in mind.

He told them this parable: 'Look at .. the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.' 1*.

I'm sure you are familiar with the 'things' Jesus was talking about. You would think today's news readers were just listing off all 'these things' described in the picture Jesus painted 2,000 years ago:-

Increasing unrest within many countries around the world, great earthquakes, famines and epidemics in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. 2*. Jesus compared these to the birth pains of an expectant mother that increase and become more violent as the due time approaches. 3*.

Jesus' picture also revealed that the Jewish nation would return to Israel after having been scattered into many lands and terribly persecuted. Their land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem would no longer be controlled by non-Jewish people. 4*.

Israel only became a nation again in 1948, after nearly 2,000 years of forced exile while their homeland was occupied by various people groups.

Although Jesus did say that no one knows the actual day or hour of His return, He went on to say we can know the approximate time! 5*. He told us that the generation who would be alive at the time Jesus' picture described would live to see His kingdom come. 6*. I'm excited to be living at this time, even though wickedness is on the increase.

Here are some other details of the picture Jesus paints in the New Testament.

A great increase in wasteful spending and pleasure seeking, people being lovers of themselves, immoral living increasing, abusiveness and pride and mockery of God increasing along with disobedience to parents, violence and homosexuality - as in the days of Sodom. 7*.

You have only to listen to today's news to know that this picture Jesus painted almost 2,000 years ago is of here and now!

Are YOU content to be part of that sinful, sickening picture that Jesus is about to come to judge and destroy? 8*. God's message for you is urgent: 'Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die.' Jesus offers to forgive and change you now if only you will turn in faith to Him and call on Him to be your only Priest and Saviour. 9*.Then you will be ready 'to stand before the Son of Man' 10*.when He returns.

'Be careful,' Jesus warned His followers; not wanting them to be overcome with these sickening world events that would announce His soon return. 'Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen.' 10*.

Read the words of Jesus yourself in Luke chapter 21, verses 29-38.

Bye for now,

John Nixon, Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland. P31HD98.        Contact:  jnixonj@gmail.com

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Bible quotations from N.I.V.

1 Luke 21:29-31.
2Luke 21:10-11.
3 Matthew 24:8.
4 Luke 21:24. Isaiah 43:4-6.
5 Matthew 24:36.
6 Luke 21:32-33.
7 Luke 21:34. 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Luke 17:26-30.
8 Jude 14-19.
9 Ezekiel 33:11. Acts 26:18-20.
10Luke 21:34-36. Romans 5:1-11.

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