Signs of the Times

Luke 12:54-59

This title ought to be good for at least 100 extra “views” today, but sadly, those viewers will be disappointed, because I have no juicy End Times nonsense to share with you…

Oh yes; good blogging, but I’m not desirous of changing the meaning of Scripture to get a few ‘views’…

As we have seen for quite some time now, Jesus has established a pattern of teaching the disciples, and then teaching the same basic thing to the crowds, and here is another example. The things Jesus has been teaching in this chapter so far have been to the disciples only, or in the case of the Parable of the Rich Fool, while spoken to the crowd, was directed to the disciples. Now, Jesus turns to the crowd and sums up for them what He has been trying to teach the disciples.

They are able to discern many things in the physical world around them; He uses a couple of examples of how they might come to understand signs in the weather. Many of them are probably pretty good at predicting changes in weather; all you need to do is to notice its little subtleties. Yet how many bother to pay attention to the spiritual signs all around them to discern what is going on right in their midst?

As we have gone through 12 chapters of Luke’s narrative, we’ve also come across the signs, over and over in fact. Jesus has been travelling around giving sight to the blind, health to the sick, He has driven out demons, He has made the lame walk, and He has preached the Good News to the poor: All of this has been in fulfillment of the prophets as the people knew full well.

“Give us a sign” they kept asking Him: How many signs did they need?!

Just one more…

In 12:57-59 He uses an analogy of a person who has wronged someone and been notified that the person is suing them in court. Jesus’ advice is that they should quickly reconcile with their legal adversary; we would call this entering into settlement negotiations, so that they might settle the case out of court, for whenever you go to court, anything can happen, and the judge might toss you into jail until you repay your judgment creditor in full, for that was the practice in those days…

In the analogy, the appearance of Jesus on the scene is the sign of the beginning of the last age before God judges the world. The people cannot deny that they have sinned before God and the time has come when they must either be reconciled with God or await trial before Him on the last day Jesus’ advice is that they repent and receive the grace He has to offer. How do they do that?

Simple: Follow Him.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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5 Responses to Signs of the Times

  1. I believe this is why so many today want to deny the existence of God. To do so would mean to acknowledge a higher authority to which, one day, they would be held accountable for their actions. They want to live a life doing what they want, without concern about a final judgement, perhaps hoping to plead ignorance should such a thing actually exist. “God is love, he wouldn’t judge me just because…”

  2. Actually, I almost skipped over this post because of the title. I have grown tired of the endless guesses about what this or that means to the here and now.

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