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Jesus reveals the destruction of Jerusalem as a sign of the end of the ages. With images similar to those in Revelation, he describes the mounting power of evil. The descriptions of the explosions of evil serve to awaken in the faithful the yet greater power of God to triumph in the end.
Are there people and events in your life that are coming against you with strength similar to what Jesus outlines? The overwhelming power of these energies only serves to scream out all the more that your redemption is near.
Once again, it is a matter of things getting worse before they get better. You have models for prayer this week—Zechariah, Solomon, David and John. They heighten awareness that the Holy Spirit is praying in you and working out the victory.
You will come in great glory.v.27
The Kingdom of God is near. v. 31
Heaven and earth are passing. v. 33
Your words will not pass away. v. 33
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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We read the Gospel of Luke.
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