Luke 21- Chapter Text - New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Widow’s Gift

21 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of themfor they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”

They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”

Things to Come

10 Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, 11 and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. 13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.16 But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, 17 and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18 Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. 21 Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; 22 because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. 23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; 24 and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Return of Christ

25 “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud  with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees;30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

34 “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; 35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. 36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. 38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

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Luke 21 starts off with a comparison of a rich person that gave a lot, and a poor widow that gave a little as gifts into the treasury. The rich person was able to give a lot and still have a large surplus left over, but the poor widow gave everything that she had to give. Which one was more pleasing to Jesus? Jesus says in verses 3-4, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them;  for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each one  must do  just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. This means we are to think and pray about what we can and should give, and then be happy about it. God wants to come first in our lives, not to simply fit in when it is convenient. Mathew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” What are our priorities? Do our thoughts and actions reflect our priorities?

Later, beginning in verse 10, Jesus warns His disciples of things to come including:

  • Nation rising against nation
  • Kingdom rising against kingdom
  • Great earthquakes
  • Plagues
  • Famines
  • Terrors
  • Great signs from heaven.

He also warns His disciples that they will:

  • Have hands laid on them
  • Be persecuted
  • Be delivered from synagogues and prisons
  • Be brought before kings and governors for His name’s sake.

Jesus tells His disciples that they 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.”

Endurance is something that we all need to display if we are to please God. The devil will work hard to try and keep us from keeping God’s commandments and to wear us down. We need to remember that we are children of God and that God comes first in our lives. We demonstrate our love for God by the actions that we take to keep His commandments and to remove those things from our lives that cause us to stumble.

Luke ends chapter 19 talking about signs of things to come. Just as the fig tree signals that summer is coming by putting forth it’s leaves, there will be signs of Jesus’ return:

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:25-28. Amen

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