Today, I am reading and commenting on Luke 21-22.
I am not sure that today’s blog entry will have any continuity. As I read the passage there were several things which I wanted to comment on that are not connected in my thoughts. The passage begins with Jesus’ commentary on the widow’s offering. Entire sermons have been, rightfully, written on this three verse passage. We have no basis for taking any pride in our giving until our giving means we may miss a meal because we cannot afford it. Jesus is not saying that we should give to the extent which the widow did. However, His message throughout was that serving God should mean more to us than having food to eat.
In discussing the coming trials and struggles which His followers will face Jesus warned us that people would appear claiming to be Him, or claiming to fulfill His role. He assured us that there will be no mistaking when He returns. Everyone will know. We will not need someone to tell us that Jesus has come back.
This passage also contains Luke’s account of the Last Supper, which was the Passover Meal. Here Jesus says something to which I do not think we pay enough attention: ” For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” A few years ago, the pastor of the congregation I was attending preached a sermon series on Passover, including the meaning of the meal. I can think of one or two other times in my life where the meaning of the Passover Meal was discussed. I have been as guilty of this as any. I do not think I have put much thought into the meaning of the Passover Meal, even when I am writing on the passages in the Bible where it was instituted.