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“But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
Jesus was in the temple watching the people come and go. People were bringing their sacrifices to the temple. Rabbis were teaching their pupils. The hustle and bustle of temple life was in full swing.
Jesus just watched a poor widow put two copper coins into the treasury. Then he heard people speak about the beauty of the temple and He said to them that there will come a time when the temple will be destroyed. Those who He was speaking to asked Him when the destruction of the temple would take place. He doesn’t exactly give them a specific time.
He goes on to describe what it will be like during that time. There will be people who claim to be Jesus and He says not to be missled by them. There will be nation rise against nation in war. Jerusalem will be surrounded by armies. His followers will be persecuted and be brought before kings and governors, but He tells them not to be afraid because it will be an opportunity to witness; He tells them that He will give them the words to say. Then He tells them that when these things begin to happen to “straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
After He tells them all of this, He tells them the parable of the fig tree. He says that when the tree gets leaves on the branches they know that it is summer. In the same way, when they see all of the signs that He just got done describing to them, they would know that the kingdom of God is near.
Here comes the important part! He tells them to be on their guard and not to let their minds be filled with worries about this life. He directs them not to let their minds be dulled by sin. Otherwise, the day of judgment will come unexpectedly like a trap.
These things will happen regardless, and everybody will be affected, but He tells them how to get through it all by saying, “But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
The opposite of this is that if you are not watchful and your mind is dulled by sin, you will not “have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” So, be watchful! Do not let your minds be dulled by sin and worries of the world, because you will be caught off guard and the day of judgment will come like a trap, unexpectantly.
Clear isn’t it? Are you watchful? Are you on your guard and praying daily?